Raleigh, N.C. — Mayor Nancy McFarlane asked Raleigh officials Monday to look into hiring a lobbyist to help deal with current legislative issues.
"It seems to be becoming a necessity these days, " McFarlane said. "We want to make sure we're looking out for our citizens' best interest."
Raleigh has taken issue with lawmakers' attempts to void the city's lease of the former Dorothea Dix property for a park, as well as legislation that would prohibit cities from dictating the appearance of new homes and would scrap local business privilege taxes.
The privilege tax generates $7 million a year for Raleigh, and McFarlane said the city would have to raise property taxes if that revenue is lost.