The Raleigh City Council rejected a request Tuesday to add $2.8 million to a parks bond to fund a whitewater park near Falls Lake.
Several dozen supporters of the Falls Whitewater Park had lobbied for the funding at a recent council meeting. The plan developed several years ago calls for building a whitewater course for canoes and kayaks on the Neuse River just below the Falls Dam.
I could be supportive of it, just not right now, Councilman Wayne Maiorano said. We just put a tax increase on our taxpayers, and the county just put a tax increase on our taxpayers. Any increase in that would give me heartburn.
Earlier this month, the council voiced initial support for a $91.78 million parks bond on the ballot this November. If the bond passes, it would require a 1.72-cent property tax hike starting in 2015.
Before voting unanimously for the $91.78 amount, votes to increase the bond as high as $110 million failed. Some council members said aging facilities inside the Beltline should get funding as well as the whitewater park.
Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said the whitewater park could benefit the entire city. This is an opportunity for us to really do something big in North Raleigh that would be a tremendous asset, she said.
While Tuesdays vote sets the maximum amount for the bond, council members can still change what projects would be funded.