Raleigh public safety center dead?

RALEIGH The city council was supposed to discuss the Lightner Center at a budget workshop Monday, but they did not.

However after the meeting, ABC11 Eyewitness News spoke with John Odom, a Republican on the council and the person largely believed to be the swing vote on the Lightner Center, and he said that the chances of him voting yes on the Lightner Center are slim to none.

Odom has been among those voting 'no,' because he says he does not like the idea that taxes would likely have to go up to accommodate the $200 million cost.

Without Odom's vote, there is almost no chance the Lightner Center will go through, because the council would remain split 4-4, and that's a no vote.

Odom says he does want a new public safety center built, just not the proposed center right now.

The slice of land the Lightner Center would be built on is the old police headquarters on Hargett Street, and the timing of building it comes in what many consider the worst recession in a generation.

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