The 2016-2017 Wake County Budget

Next week, the County Manager will issue his proposed budget. Knowing Jim Hartmann the way I do, I expect his proposed budget to be well-reasoned, supported by data, and moderate. We have had some internal discussions about areas of emphasis, and of course, the school system has adopted its official request. All of those numbers will come together in a proposed budget on Monday, and then we can start discussing the good and the not so good. One thing about Jim Hartmann, he will have done his homework, and if I or anyone else disagrees with a budget item, we'r

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Two Votes Worth Explaining

Today, we had two issues come before us that I thought merited an explanation of my vote. First, we approved the Wake County Public School System's request for an appropriation to allow them to rent a commercial building near the school system Central Office in Cary in order to house elements of new programs for middle and high school students who do not fit in to the normal track. They will use the facility as a hub for the SCORE program for long-term suspended students as well as for a new online and alternative high school for highly motivated self-learner

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Happy New Year!

As I write this note from my office, the rest of my family has already gone to the beach, where we gather every year with several other families to welcome in the New Year. This is a tradition we’ve been following now for almost 20 years. No matter what life throws our way in each passing year, we all make a point to get together each year. We’ve taken care of each other through thick and thin, and those experiences build bonds that last. Life’s changes shouldn’t get in the way of what’s important at this time of year: family, friends, and hope for the future. That same focus on building bo

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2016 Wake County Real Estate Reappraisal

If you own real property in Wake County, this week you will be receiving a notice of the 2016 reappraised value of your real estate. Reappraisal is required by statute at least every eight years, and Wake County's last reappraisal was in 2007/08. This year-long process is a massive undertaking, requiring the appraisal of tens of thousands of properties throughout the County. This process is highly detailed, conducted by professional appraisers and real estate experts, and is performed according to a

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Why a Living Wage for County Employees?

On Monday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners will vote on an ordinance drafted by my colleague Matt Calabria, which will guarantee a living wage, based on several cost-of-living formulas, of $13.50 per hour to all qualified regular full-time Wake County employees. I am proud to support this ordinance, and equally proud of the work Matt put into it. Jeff Billman at IndyWeek wrote an excellent story on the proposal. Since this proposal was announced, I've seen

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