Raleigh will vote on parks bond
Posted June 24
Raleigh, N.C. — 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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