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Raleigh City Council considering $91.7M parks bond

Posted June 12, 2014

— While the amount hasn’t been finalized, Raleigh City Councilors are leaning toward a $91.7 million parks bond for the November ballot.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Councilors were presented three options of varying costs, with the lowest being $58.8 million, the next $74.7 million and a fully funded scenario at $91.7 million. Councilors will finalize the bond amount at their next meeting June 17.

Councilor Bonner Gaylord asked that staff also bring with them more information about Falls Whitewater Park and how that could fit into the plan.

All of the current scenarios focus on funding deferred maintenance and making long-needed improvements.

None of the options include funding for Dix Park.

Improvements for Moore Square were originally considered as part of the potential project list, but were pulled when Councilors decided to use general obligation bonds for funding.

The most expensive scenario would require about $1.4 million in annual operating costs for a total tax increase of 1.72 cents.

Read the full story at raleighpublicrecord.org.

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  • HankScorpio Jun 17, 2014

    In the end it is the voters who approve the bonds, so maybe you should be directing your frustrations at them

  • Red Sox Nation Jun 12, 2014

    A PERSON - You clearly never go into town. I live in downtown and frequent parks on a regular basis. I go through Moore Square at least 4 times a week. The park is not destroyed. Yes it needs an uplift. Not providing the uplift will result in the park being destroyed. But keep spreading misinformation, it's rather comical. I also enjoy seeing the garbage you post because it reinforces the notion that my life could always be worse......

  • xylem01 Jun 12, 2014

    How about an amusement/theme park?

  • Emperor Jun 12, 2014

    With "deferred maintenance" of the parks and another article saying that they are raising property taxes for road maintenance, sounds as if our leaders don't know how to plan on maintenance costs when they build something. Didn't we just pass a new parks bond within the past two years? I wonder how much worse their lack of planning for continued maintenance costs its going to get with new parks and green ways seemingly being built every year?
    Its always easier to take other peoples' money and spend it.

  • A person Jun 12, 2014

    That would be a huge waste of money, resources, and effort as the crack dealers have already destroyed everything we have given them in the past

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 12, 2014

    WE ARE BONDED OUT!~!!!! enough already w/ a tax by any other name......