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Voters approve Wake Tech bonds, Orange transit tax

Posted November 6, 2012

— Area voters approved most referendums on Tuesday's ballots, including bonds for Wake Technical Community College and an Orange County tax for public transit.

Wake Tech was seeking $200 million in bonds to upgrade and expand its facilities. Voters passed the measure by 73 to 27 percent, according to unofficial results.

College employees planned to stand at the entrances to the main campus near Garner and the campus in north Raleigh with "thank you" signs during the morning rush hour on Wednesday as a show of gratitude to area residents.

Orange County voters went 59 to 41 percent for a half-cent sales tax increase to generate money for public transit projects. Durham County voters approved a similar tax a year ago.

"With today’s vote of confidence, two of the three counties served by Triangle Transit are moving forward with expanding their bus networks locally and regionally and beginning work on a light rail connection between Chapel Hill and downtown Durham," Triangle Transit General Manager David King said in a statement.

Edgecombe County narrowly approved a quarter-cent increase to their local sales tax rate, while Harnett County voters soundly rejected a similar tax increase there.

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  • rocket Nov 8, 2:04 p.m.

    Here's an idea, Orange County. Charge the people that actually use the transit and pay for it with that money. Why should people who never use the system pay for it?

  • cantstandgoloanymore Nov 8, 10:27 a.m.

    nighttrain2010 - so go file a civil suit claiming that the government is stealing from you. Please come back and tell us the outcome.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Nov 8, 10:23 a.m.

    Usual group of sore losers I see. Nothing new.

  • Whatintheworld Nov 7, 5:12 p.m.

    And 'investment' in community colleges was a lot lower then. nighttrain2010 Everything was cheaper 20+ years ago. My first degree came from a community college. You are not "payinh" for somebody to go to school. You are paying for a building(s).

  • Student Nurse Nov 7, 4:33 p.m.

    There are hundreds of potential nursing students that are turned away every semester because Wake Tech does not have the ability to accommodate them. I know, because at one point I was one of the desperate ones, waiting for my chance. I have my chance now and I hope that this bond will help more students, no matter what their major, achieve their dreams.

  • dwntwnboy Nov 7, 3:53 p.m.

    Wake Tech is a wonderful school that is helping those who have been laid off learn new technologies and skills they need to get another job. Not to mention the basic college courses they teach that can be transferred to somewhere else- making college cheaper for those who don't have rich daddies. Investing in education is NEVER a bad thing. Great to see the bond for Wake Tech pass by such a healthy margin.

  • 27615 Nov 7, 1:17 p.m.

    I voted no to the Wake County Bond...always asking for more money

  • nighttrain2010 Nov 7, 11:47 a.m.

    >>Transit is the PEOPLES choice and light rail is needed NOW!- atc2

    Tell you what, you get a group up and pay for it then. I live outside of Wake but work within the county. And unfortunately I will be forced to pay yet again for another tax funded boondoggle that will come in over cost and be underused when those who clamored for the choo choo train realize it isn't what it was cracked up to be

  • jamesstroud574 Nov 7, 11:32 a.m.

    No JOKE Orange county passed a sales tax and property tax to help Chapel HIPPIE out. The public transportation will not cover the hole county BUT the TAX will. DUMB plan DUMB.

    People are not too bright. Wake Tech can now steal land for its easements and right of ways.

    I voted no.
    immaannoid
    November 7, 2012 9:11 a

  • immaannoid Nov 7, 9:11 a.m.

    People are not too bright. Wake Tech can now steal land for its easements and right of ways.

    I voted no.

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