Cary, Durham, Raleigh talk rate hikes

January 30, 2009 11:02:56 AM PST
City managers from Cary, Durham and Raleigh are considering steps to deal with their shrinking budget.Mangers of the three cities talked to members of the Triangle Community Coalition Friday. They discussed options, including higher property taxes and sewer rates.

Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen said despite growth, the number of projects are down.

In Durham, City Manager Tom Bonfield pointed to a decline in residential permits in the past six months. As for the Town of Cary, interim manager Ben Shivar said more of the same.

Raleigh's manager said it could be a lot worse. Raleigh is halting hiring instead of firing employees.

Cary is also trying to avoid cutting back but says it is looking at the town's current structure.

And Durham is working hard to identify budget priorities. "It won't be easy," City Manager Tom Bonfield said.

Bonfield credits the success of Durham's new performing arts center for bringing new businesses to the Bull City.

Meanwhile, in Cary, Shivar says there is an increase in funds due to budgeting.

As for the future of the three cities, if approved by city council, Raleigh residents could avoid a property tax increase but see increases in sewer and water rates.

Cary says it does not anticipate a property tax increase. However, Durham residents will more than likely not be spared.


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