Well, that didn’t take long. The day after Wake County voters elected a new majority to the county commission, they are thanked for their vote with the news that the new commissioners are planning a tax hike.
As reported by WNCN yesterday:
The new commissioners said Wake County’s continued growth requires more mass transit.
“Light rail is a long ways off,” Hutchinson said. “We need to be thinking about a regional rail-type system.”
The incoming commissioners said the continued growth in Wake County will require the immediate expansion of bus service and to pay for that they’re talking about a sales tax.
“There is a specific provision in state legislation that allows us to raise a one half cent sales tax and direct that to public transportation,” Burns said.
If the sales tax is increased, it will be a double-whammy for Raleigh residents, who voted themselves a 1.72 cent property tax hike to pay off $92 million in new city debt.