Former Raleigh mayors joining forces

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October 4, 2011 2:27:07 PM PDT
The capital city's former mayors are coming together for a common cause - they're joining forces in support of two bond proposals that will appear on next week's ballot.

The bond money - $16 million for housing and $40 million for transportation - would pay for improvements to Raleigh on several levels.

About $1.8 million are earmarked for Tryon Road widening and realignment work, nearly $5 million would finance new sidewalk construction and $3.5 million could improve the Moore Square Transit Center.

There was also a lot of money dedicated to improving Raleigh's greenways.

"As well as, it continues our housing program for the city, to provide for senior housing, for first time home builders, for teachers, firemen, and police officers, disabled citizens," said Sig Hutchinson, who supports the bonds.

However, will this be a tough sell to Raleigh voters in the current economy?

"No, these bond issues aren't controversial," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said. "The citizens understand them; we've passed these kinds of bond issues before. I'm very hopeful we'll do very well next Tuesday."

To read move about the bonds, click here

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