Raleigh voters Tuesday night approved a $92 million bond measure to fund parks and recreation improvement projects across the city by a wide margin.
With every Wake County precinct reporting, 68 percent of Raleigh voters had approved the referendum.
Meanwhile, in Wake Forest, three bond measures totaling $25 million had passed easily, with at least 65 percent of the vote in each case among town voters.
In Raleigh, the approval would allow the city to borrow the money for a variety of park improvements. The city’s plan includes $12.5 million in upgrades at John Chavis Memorial Park and $10 million for land purchases.
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To cover the debt, the bond issue could bring with it a 4 percent property tax increase or about $51 annually on a $300,000 home.
In Wake Forest, the $25.1 million bond package was split into three questions: $6.3 million for streets and sidewalks, $14.2 million for parks and recreation and $4.6 million for greenways.
With all eight town precincts reporting, 70 percent of voters had voted for the street and sidewalk bonds, and 66 percent had voted for the parks and recreation bonds and greenway bonds.
Town officials have said that in a worst-case scenario, the full package would increase the town’s property tax rate of 51 cents per $100 valuation by 2 cents. They’ve said a staggered timeline for the projects may head off that big of a tax hike.
The big-ticket items in Wake Forest include a new community center at Joyner Park, the widening of Ligon Mill Road and construction of the Smith and Sanford Creek greenway.