Cary News: Opinion

Roseland: Cary should watch unnecessary spending

Eliminate unnecessary spending

In early May, the Cary Town Manager recommended the mayor and Town Council approve the largest property tax increase in 25 years. When compared to Cary, nearby Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina face similar growth demands and revenue challenges. However, our nearby neighboring towns have addressed these fiscal challenges by restraining unnecessary spending and by tightening their belts.

I would respectfully ask that the mayor and council press the town manager to also restrain spending and put a stop to the pattern of continual tax and fee increases that occur every spring. Alternatively, the mayor and council can challenge town staff to reduce excessive spending and require that they restructure town operations to increase efficiencies and lower costs.

Our neighbors have found the fortitude to dig deep and make these tough changes, without raising property taxes. I am hopeful and optimistic these responsible governance practices are contagious and can be plagiarized by Town of Cary leaders.

Nels Roseland