David Quinn: Beneath bonds

November 16, 2012 

Beneath bonds

I am disappointed with how Wake Tech’s $200 million bond referendum was communicated during the past election. For all of us in business, the justification of $200 million on any kind of project would require a well-written business case and a complete analysis. All I saw in the paper was one article with a half dozen sentences of need.

I don’t doubt that the expansion is needed and will help the greater Wake County population. I don’t know whether staff members at Wake Tech is not able to document a project justification for the public or they just took it for granted that it would pass. There was no discussion or analysis on the impact to future capital projects the county may need (schools) and how that will get paid for (an increase in sales tax?).

We committed to $200 million with no data and a very short-term perspective of impact to the county. The public deserves much more.

David Quinn

Raleigh

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