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Wake Citizens' Group Urges Voters To Support School Bond Referendum

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A citizens' group in Wake County is rallying around a $450 million bond proposal.

The proposal would allow for 13 new schools, 16 renovations and 61 repair projects to be completed by 2008. Planners originally believed the cost of the project would be over $800 million, but they were able to reduce the cost by increasing the size of the new buildings.

Supporters say taxes would not go up to pay for the schools. When a school bond issue included a tax increase in 1999, voters rejected the proposal.

Officials say it is possible there could be a tax increase down the road for building operating costs, but they say it is not likely with the revenue coming in and the way the county is growing.

Groups that have opposed bond referendums in the past told WRAL Tuesday they have not decided how they feel about the current proposal.


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