The City of Raleigh is deciding how to spend public funds for the next year that begins July 1, and you can have input.
City Manager Marchell Adams-David presented the $1.07 billion-dollar proposed budget at Tuesday’s Raleigh City Council meeting. A public hearing is scheduled for June 1 (how to sign up).
Here are some noteworthy changes in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, dig into the whole document here.
💰 Property taxes increase: A 1.78-cent increase from the FY2021 budget, a proposed 37.3 cents per $100 valuation. The increase is attributed to the voter-approved affordable housing bond and 1 cent for park improvements.
🌳 The parks increase would fund:
- $3 million for Laurel Hills Community Center completion of a renovation and to install heating and cooling,
- $1 million for improvements at the Pope House (North Carolina’s only African American house museum),
- $300,000 for fire system replacement at the Pullen Park,
- $3.3 million for other improvements, including new roofs.
💰 Utility increases: Yard waste services and optimizing routes increases in the proposed budget by $1/month. Water bills could see a 1.5% increase monthly base, volume and sewer charges. A proposed $1.50 increase per Single-Family Equivalent Unit for stormwater.
💰 Community Engagement: The results of consultant Mickey Fearn’s yearlong work into Raleigh’s future of community engagement between the city and the community was shared Tuesday at the Raleigh City Council meeting. The new Office of Community Engagement is in the budget, with two new full-time employees.
💰 Equity measures: The Office of Equity and Inclusion would be the Department of Equity and Inclusion and add three full-time staffers.
💰 Police funding: A Greenway patrol, six officers and a sergeant would be added, bringing the total number of Raleigh Police Department employees to 908 from last year’s 901. All divisions and expenditures increase except for the police chief’s office (decreases) and capital expenditures (flat).
💰 Raleigh workers: The proposed budget raises the living wage from $34,130 to $36,052, and merit-based raises from 2-4% could be given to public safety workers.
What’s next: After the public hearing June 1, the Raleigh City Council will hold work sessions every Monday at 4 p.m. until the operating budget is adopted. Those meetings are livestreamed. The fiscal year 2022 begins July 1.