ELECTION 2017: Raleigh, N.C. voters to decide on $206 million bond package for transportation purposes

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Voters in North Carolina’s capital city will decide next month whether to raise their taxes to improve local infrastructure.

The $206.7 million bond package would fund road improvement projects throughout the city of Raleigh. The bonds would be covered via a 1.29-cent property tax increase.

Projects listed for attention include widening the Six Forks corridor from four lanes to six lanes from Interstate 440 to Lynn Road. A full list of projects identified for work are available.

Advocates say the city has nearly a billion dollars in transportation needs. They acknowledge the bond question will not solve the city’s unmet needs but it is a step forward to address congestion issues and needed repairs.

In addition to road improvements, more “streetscape” work, more bike access, and investment in the city’s “traffic calming” program, supporters say the money will aid the city invest matching funds for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for long-term needs.

Raleigh voters last approved a transportation bond in 2013. The 1.12-cent property tax increase raised $75 million.

One year ago, Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to benefit the Wake County Transit Plan.

Election Day in Raleigh is Oct. 10.

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