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Raleigh City Council approves budget, tax increase

Posted June 9, 2014

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— The City Council voted 7-1 Monday to approve a $754.2 million budget for the fiscal year that starts in July, including a 2.12-cent increase to the tax rate for Raleigh property owners.

The tax increase brings Raleigh’s property tax rate to 40.38 cents per $100 valuation and adds $42.40 to the tax bill of a $200,000 house.

“Population and service demand growth have rebounded since the Great Recession, and with the (2014-15) budget, Raleigh is investing additional operating and significant capital revenues in the highest return for our community,” City Manager Ruffin Hall said in a statement. “This includes prioritizing the maintenance and restoration of our capital infrastructure while also adding police officers, opening a fire station and expanding parks, recreation and cultural resources to respond to the needs of our vibrant, growing community.”

Raleigh plans to use the added tax revenue to hire nine police officers, 30 firefighters to staff a new fire station on Leesville Road, asphalt and concrete paving crews, an engineering inspector, two solid waste supervisors, three building inspectors and people to operate Horseshoe Farm Park and the Woodland Center at Lake Johnson. Officials also want to replace police radios, open a satellite operations facility in the northeast part of the city and replace aging vehicles.

One cent of the property tax rate increase will expand the street resurfacing program by about 30 miles each year – the city maintains 1,055 miles of streets – and voters approved the remaining 1.12-cent increase last fall when they passed a $75 million transportation bond.

The budget also includes an extra $1 per month for residential customers for Solid Waste Services to help pay for deferred equipment maintenance and replacement. Sewer rates will go up 4.4 percent, and the city will assess an infrastructure replacement charge that together will add $4.27 per month to the bill of an average single-family residential customer.


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  • Mike Berthold Jun 10, 2014
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    Wow, a whole 8 months and you don't have perfect roads? Really????

  • hblanton4 Jun 10, 2014

    a tax increase?!?! and the road bond referendum past in october still hasn't produced better roads I understand the two are not connected but really the funds from a tax increase will be better managed?

  • Jenna Watkins Jun 10, 2014
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    the city grows by 40k people and you add 9 cops? seriously?

  • Joseph Smith Jun 10, 2014
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    Just another assault on the middle class. More more more from the cancer that is a bloated government.

  • Jackson Smith Jun 10, 2014
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    The additional money that will be generated by this increase in tax to resurface streets is not enough to fix Sandy Forks Rd. It is criminal the way the state of NC let that go down and now Raleigh seems intent on doing nothing as well. Criminal really.

  • Wake1 Jun 10, 2014

    Taxes go up & rarely come down- so be prepared to live with this increase until the next one comes along! It's a real shame that the high end growth does not pay for some of the needed additional positions being added.

  • Geez Louise Jun 10, 2014

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  • wayneboyd Jun 10, 2014

    I'm no whiz kid with a degree in economics, but if Raleigh's citizenry were handling their obligations with their present tax rate, and suddenly the population increases by say 50,000 new citizens, why would not the tax revenue they generate create enough monies to cover the added expenses that they incur? Did all of them go on government assistance when they arrived?

  • Geez Louise Jun 10, 2014

    Our only recourse is to vote 'em all out, which is what I'm going to do.

  • Steve MacComas Jun 10, 2014
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    More bs for the buck from Wake County and Raleigh in particular. When will you people demand that these city and county leaders learn to work with what they have instead of allowing them to come back for more taxes every year or two? You people need to take the ID 10 T test although we already know what the results will be.