Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane looks ahead to 2012

January 2, 2012 7:16:11 PM PST
New Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane says 2012 could be a big year in the Capital City. In an ABC11 interview, McFarlane outlined her 2012 Raleigh resolutions.

The economy tops the list. With a couple small business initiatives designed to make it easier to do business in Raleigh. In the next couple of weeks, McFarlane says to look for a new city position, small business director, and more defined rules for doing business in the city.

McFarlane says to also look for the state's old mental hospital, Dorthea Dix, to become a city park. She also plans for an expanded bus system and a new public safety center, or, at least, a new 911 call center.

However, McFarlane says at the center of these resolutions are the people who live in Raleigh.

"There are so many smart people here. [There are] so many who are willing to step up and donate their time and bring ideas. It's just amazing," said McFarlane. "And I think that, really, I mean, getting more and more people engaged is what's going to make the next year even better for us."

However, in order to make those dreams come through, there is a catch. It takes money. To that end, tax payers should be ready for a one-half cent sales tax hike in Wake County to be on the ballot in November.

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