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Taxes stay flat, employees get raises in Raleigh budget proposal

Posted May 21, 2013

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— There is no property tax increase in the budget proposal submitted Tuesday to Raleigh City Council by City Manager J. Russell Allen.

Allen did propose additional spending for the city’s Public Utilities’ system, with revenue to come from a fee added to water bills.

The total budget of $705,228,785 is an increase of 4.9 percent over fiscal 2013, which ends on June 30. Expenses are divided into two categories: capital budget, for infrastructure such as roads, parks, water lines and fire stations, and operating budget, including staff salaries and supplies. 

City employees stand to gain an average 3 percent raise.

The budget adds 29 positions, including five in the Emergency Communications Center and staff to run new Parks and Recreation facilities. 

Allen said he prioritized the city's fiscal stability and AAA bond rating and the need to offer competitive compensation to employees in coming up with his proposal. 

City income from property taxes is expected to increase by about 1.8 percent for fiscal 2014, and Allen projected an additional 4 percent from sales tax revenue over last year.

Raleigh residents get input on city budget

A public hearing on the budget proposal is planned for June 4 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex at 222 W. Hargett St.

The budget must be approved by July 1.

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  • Rebelyell55 May 22, 2013

    When will people start to understand that these "fees" are a tax increase? They love to spin it as no tax increase, but every "fee" that they tack on or increase in fees are nothing more than taxes. Citizens already pay taxes for these services, yet they have to pay an additional tax (fee) for the service they're already paying taxes for.

  • Gidder Dun May 22, 2013

    "Not a good idea..."

    I never said it was a good idea but thanks for putting words in my mouth. Also I dont care if she supported the Iraq Qar which by the way I did not support and still dont today. As for the Patriot Act that is a joke in itself. The debt ceiling is going to go up whether I want it or not.

  • Brian Jenkins May 22, 2013

    "To tell you the truth I will even cast my vote for Hillary 2016."

    Not a good idea. The Iraq was supporter, Patriot Act supporter, and every debt ceiling increase supporter is enough for me. Im sure you think we can just print up the money to pay for it all. Poor Keynesians!

  • smcallah May 21, 2013

    "So you have never heard of the big one.....income tax?"

    Were you paying attention to the story or my comment, or did you just decide to pull something out of context?

    This story is about RALEIGH. Raleigh does NOT have an income tax. Do you want Raleigh to have an income tax? You're in favor of more taxes?

  • smcallah May 21, 2013

    "@smcallah--Good, then please tell me how much city tax is being paid by someone in government housing? Who is paying their utilities?"

    If you think 47% of Raleigh's population lives in government housing, you have problems.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist May 21, 2013

    "I am one of the 47% or the 99% and I PAY my fair share of payroll taxes."

    @Gidder Dun--Get used to it brother, for you'll be paying a whole lot more once that obamacare tax kicks in.

  • Gidder Dun May 21, 2013

    I am one of the 47% or the 99% and I PAY my fair share of payroll taxes. Heck I even paid back to the IRS this year like I have for the past 10-12 years and I make less than $40K a year. I work a full time job and pay my own bills. I even help those who are not as fortunate as I am. How am I a free loader and I even voted for POTUS Obama and will do so again if he could run in 2016. To tell you the truth I will even cast my vote for Hillary 2016.... That is if NJ Gov. Chris Christie doesn't run for POTUS 2016 because I like him. He is the ONLY Republican I respect at this time.

  • Gidder Dun May 21, 2013

    "Good, then please tell me how much city tax is being paid by someone in government housing? Who is paying their utilities?"

    I can tell you for sure so called proud black conservative that you nor I pay for their utilities. I have elderly family who live in subsidized government housing and THEY pay their own utilities. They also pay a portion of their monthly rent. They also file taxes on any income whether it be payroll or personal income. Yet you and many like you criticize them. Take a chill pill.

  • Caleb Lewis May 21, 2013

    3% is may sound good to some but cost of living has gone up more than twice that in the last 4 years since city employees have had a raise. Also with this quartile system in place and no raises most city employees will never top out. Maybe the council will send that packing along with Russell Allen who enjoyed his 13% raises while everyone else weathered the storm.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist May 21, 2013

    "You forgot we were talking about city taxes which everyone pays fairly."

    @smcallah--Good, then please tell me how much city tax is being paid by someone in government housing? Who is paying their utilities?

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