Not Even One New Road to Ease Congestion!
THIS BOND WILL RAISE YOUR TAXES... AGAIN.
After raising your property tax by 3% in FY2017, the Raleigh City Council voted to raise your tax another 3% for 2018 - JUST BECAUSE OF THESE BONDS.
Raleigh already spends more than $160 million per year (17% of the budget) for debt service. Borrowing another $206.7 Million represents a significant increase to the debt.
This bond does not create or maintain roads. That is, and always should be, a funded line item in the city budget.
VAGUE AND UNCLEAR LANGUAGE IN THESE BONDS
For example, what is a Road Diet? In 'city planner speak' it means sharing lanes with bikes and medians with trees. The plan adds these to Dixie Forest Road, Old Wake Forest Road, Tryon Road, Poole Road, Blue Ridge Road, Barwell Road South, Six Forks Road, Rock Quarry Road Part A, Marsh Creek Road, Atlantic Ave., Carolina Pines Ave., and Leesville Road Part B. These major Raleigh thoroughfares need more lanes for cars, not for bikes and trees.
MILLION DOLLAR ROUNDABOUTS
Roundabouts not mentioned in the referendum are planned for Person at Delway and Wake Forest at Brookside. These will replace conventional intersections with needless and terribly expensive traffic circles that confuse motorists and restrict larger vehicles.
WASTEFUL - FRIVILOUS - UNEXPLAINED SPENDING
For example, funding "inside and outside the corporate limits..." implies spending Raleigh tax money outside of Raleigh. Another $15 Million is earmarked to the NCDOT. Why is Raleigh borrowing money to give to the state and other areas?
Raleigh plans to spend money on public art on the Six Forks Road corridor. Does anyone remember what happened to the 'Wolf' art from Raleigh's last art project?
Allocates bond money to transit projects that are already funded by the Wake Transit Plan referendum of 2016.
CLEARLY STATES BONDS (Plural)
This is the first in a string of new road bonds we can expect. VOTE NO on October 10th. STOP THE UNNECESSARY TAXES.
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