Taxes stay flat, employees get raises in Raleigh budget proposal
Posted May 21, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.