Looks like it just got even more expensive to live in Wake County. Our local government continues to rake in windfall tax revenues from all of the new residents, but still insists on spending beyond its means. Issuing debt to pay for such things as open space (which will even further drive up the cost of housing, and therefore our property taxes), libraries and Wake Tech shows just how far our government has extended beyond its actual role in society. That the lives of hundreds of thousands of families will now be worse off because local politicians want to look like they "care about the community" is insulting at best.
One voter had this to say:
Laura Owens, 58, said she considered all of the projects worthwhile even though she had reservations about the number of bond measures on the ballot in recent years.
"I don’t know where they’re going to get the money," Owens said
Well, Laura, I can tell you where they’ll get the money: out of our pockets. Never to be satisfied with the amount of other people’s money he gets to spend, Tony Gurley, chairman of the Wake Board of Commissioners, basically promised another bond coming our way within the next two years, this one potentially totaling a billion dollars.
Asked what he thought of a major school bond issue possibly appearing on a Wake County ballot by 2009, however, Gurley said, "I’d put the odds at 100 percent."
If folks like commissioner Gurley are going to continue to take food off my table in order to finance their lust for spending, the least they can do is send me a thank you card.