Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 22, 2014
Wake County will have a harder time handling growth pressures and transportation problems if the legislature adopts a Senate proposal to put new restrictions on local sales tax options, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Tuesday.
“I am disappointed that they’re continuing to take away the tools we have at the local level,” McFarlane said. “They’re even restricting the ability to take things to a referendum, which is really the ability to ask the voters if they want to fund something.”
A House bill amended Tuesday evening in the Senate Finance Committee would change the options all counties have for levying new local sales taxes, and it would set the tax rate limit at 2.5 percent. Most rural counties would get broader flexibility to levy sales taxes. But the bill would reduce the authority for local sales taxes in Wake and three other urban counties, now set at 2.75 percent.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on July 21, 2014
Wake commissioners will hire a consultant to update a 2011 county plan for rail transit and more buses - possibly in time for voters to decide in October 2015 whether to adopt a half-cent sales tax to pay for transit investments.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 19, 2014
An 8-acre mound of dirt is all that remains after an $82 million cleanup at the site of Ward Transformer Co., the Triangle’s nastiest industrial polluter. But Ward’s half-century legacy of toxic PCB contamination will linger in the Raleigh area for years to come in creeks and lakes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport west of the city to the Neuse River on the east side.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 16, 2014
The northern NC coast is part of a land mass that is slowly sinking, and seas have risen there about 15 inches in the past 90 years. Farther south, at Wilmington, it's about 7 inches.
Posted by Colin Campbell on July 16, 2014
Finding a parking space in downtown Raleigh could soon be as easy as a tap on the old smartphone. Jim Belt - who heads Downtown Living Advocates and made Tuesday's pitch for the app - said visitors often have the perception that parking is a challenge downtown. But with 18 decks and plenty of on-street spaces, Raleigh has plenty of options to choose from, and a dozen of them are free on evenings and weekends.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 15, 2014
Climate Central published interactive online maps it said will help North Carolina coastal residents gauge the risk of flooding expected to increase as the seas rise. Meanwhile, the NC Coastal Resources Commission science panel prepared to start work on a new official state forecast for sea-level rise during the next 30 years.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 11, 2014
The Wake County commissioners will be asked at a July 21 work session to agree on a plan for developing a “transit investment strategy” to replace the Wake Transit Plan, which was shelved after its introduction three years ago.