Wake GOP opposing school, transportation bonds
Posted August 21, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Republican Party announced Wednesday that it would oppose two local bond referendums this fall.
Raleigh officials want to borrow $75 million to undertake 14 roadway improvements, sidewalk upgrades and some traffic calming projects.
According to a release from Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Donna Williams, the party's executive committee was concerned with Raleigh's "continued accumulation of debt." So, the Wake GOP Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly to oppose the Raleigh transportation bonds.
Wake County voters also will decide on $810 million school construction bond this fall. The money would pay for 16 new schools, fund several major renovations and upgrade technology and security.
In the GOP press release, the party took aim at the school's board, saying that the Democratic majority has not been transparent.
"It is not the buildings we need as much as more oversight of land purchases, better and less expensive school construction and better use of existing facilities," reads the party's news release. "The Wake County school board must do a far better job of providing maximum value and better stewardship of our school children’s money."
Despite school board offices being putatively nonpartisan, struggles between Republicans and Democrats over management of Wake County schools have been a fixture of county politics in recent years. At the General Assembly this summer, the Republican-controlled Wake County Board of Commissioners tried to persuade lawmakers to strip the school board of its ability to build and manage school buildings.