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Raleigh holds line on taxes in 2013-14 budget

Posted June 18, 2013

— The Raleigh City Council unanimously approved a $707 million budget Tuesday for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

No tax increase was included in the budget, but the council did approve a $1 increase to the solid waste fee and higher water and sewer rates to help pay for infrastructure upgrades. The higher rates amount to about $3.75 a month for an average family.

“This budget prioritizes high-quality core services – reliable water, sanitary sewer and stormwater systems, expansion of public safety to address growth, equipment investments in solid waste collection to improve reliability and staffing for new parks facilities,” City Manager Russell Allen said in presenting the budget to the council.

Forty positions were added in the budget, along with a 3 percent merit-based increase for employees, which cost about $5.9 million.

Allen said revenue from property taxes is projected to increase 1.8 percent, or $3.5 million, in the coming year, and sales tax revenue should grow by 4 percent, or $2.9 million. Development revenue is projected to increase 8 percent, or $2.3 million.


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  • rpd911 Jun 20, 2013

    A fee is not a tax, a fee is something that you pay to get something. In this case, the fee is to pay for water and sewer upgrades.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jun 19, 2013

    A fee is a tax.

  • rroadrunner99 Jun 19, 2013

    I don't know anyone that lives in Raleigh that raising the water rates won't affect, whether they own or rent a house apartment, condo or what ever. You must have water to live.
    So "coolwill43" you have to guess again on who it does and doesn't affect.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 19, 2013

    Not so fast, if you as voter either support the school bond or don't rally against its passing, your taxes will go up and in many cases up by hundredes of dollars.

    You'll also be sending the message that you support the school board. A board of total headcases.

    Are you ready for your tax increase?

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 19, 2013

    So fees aren't taxes? fools.

  • coolwill43 Jun 19, 2013

    Instead of raising water rates that affect home owners and business owners why not raise the sale tax so that everyone pays. Home owners have enough expenses.

  • djhartm Jun 18, 2013

    Well, thank you city councilmembers.