No tax increase in Raleigh

RALEIGH Russell Allen proposed cutting 85 jobs that are currently vacant. He did not request a property tax increase or a rise in other fees.

Allen said he's also looking for savings wherever he can. Travel and training will be reduced along with some merit pay. There will be reduced operating hours and maintenance of Raleigh's parks, community centers and greenways.

All told, the proposal would save the city some $15.1 million. Raleigh's current property tax rate is 37.35 cents per $100 of appraised value.

"This is an unusual year, no tax increases, no fee increase, no layoffs, no furloughs. It may not seem like much, but in this economy that's a pretty good sound budget and I think we're all on the right track here," offered Mayor Charles Meeker.

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