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Raleigh will vote on parks bond

Posted June 24, 2014

Raleigh's extensive greenway system has been funded over the years by parks bonds.

— Raleigh City Council has approved the placement of a parks bond totaling about $91.7 million, which would fund about one-third of the city’s proposed parks projects.
Voters could see the bond on the November ballot. Approving it means agreeing to a 1.72-cent tax increase to fund the proposed projects and associated operating costs.

There was little support, however, for the additional $2.8 million in funding that the Falls Whitewater Park would require.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Councilors Wayne Maiorano, Russ Stephenson, Eugene Weeks and Thomas Crowder all voted against adding the project to the bond.

Both Crowder and Weeks said their districts have number of older facilities that could benefit from an additional $2.8 million.

Stephenson wanted to include the additional funding, but asked that the project be reviewed and prioritized against others. In total, the city has $300 million in parks projects awaiting funding.

“I could be supportive of it,” Maiorano said. “Just not right now.”

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  • Deb Rodgers Jun 30, 2014
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    How about fixing the infrastructure, yet another water main break!

  • John Midyette Jun 24, 2014
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    The Greenway/Trail system that is currently beginning to join together is a true crown jewel to our area. While some see debt and taxes, those with vision see quality of life; that is one of the major factors that make our area a desirable place to live and do business.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 24, 2014
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    This, to me is the BEST bond, BUT since the last few were passed I don't have more money for them.

  • htomc42 Jun 24, 2014

    How about paying off all the bonds and debt that the city already has, before spending money on luxuries? Parks and greenways are nice- nobody uses them more than me. But what we have already is nowhere near used to capacity. I have to seriously question whether we need more at this time.

  • Classified Jun 24, 2014

    Great news! Raleigh's extensive greenway system just keeps getting better.