Vote for Raleigh’s Transportation and Housing Bonds

October, 06, 2011, by Karen Rindge

Vote for Raleigh’s Transportation and Housing Bonds
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On October 11th you'll have the opportunity to vote for or against Raleigh's transportation and housing bonds. Together the bonds would cost taxpayers an average of $17 a year and are designed to make the community more environmentally and socially sustainable.

First, the transportation bond focuses on making Raleigh more pedestrian and bicycle friendly by building sidewalks (which homeowners currently have to pay for) and greenways. If the bond gets approved by Raleigh voters, it will also improve public transit by building more bus shelters and improving the Moore Square bus station downtown, as well as providing $3 million for converting the Dillon Supply building in the warehouse district into a rail station. This transportation bond is unique in that it is not about building more roads, but fixing existing ones. And it’s actually Raleigh’s first multi-modal transportation bond – meaning it goes beyond cars. This $40 million bond will cost you about $12 per year.

Second, the housing bond helps those living in poverty to buy their first home. Funds can also be used to fix up homes in disrepair in degraded neighborhoods, which will make these communities safer and more attractive places to live. Many people suffered tragic property loss from April’s tornado, and the housing bond would help those homeowners fill in the gaps where other assistance fell short. Affordable housing programs are very successful, meaning the difference between a home and homelessness for many.  Surely, we can spare a few dollars to help out.  The $16 million affordable housing bond will cost you just $5 per year.

Yes, the economy is hurting, but these small bonds will make our Raleigh community stronger, more walkable, greener, and safer, at a time when there is much less public money to help out. 

Don’t forget to vote in Raleigh’s municipal elections Tuesday, October 11. You can find more information about Raleigh’s transportation and housing bonds at

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  • john b
    10/07 01:43 PM

    With so many new businesses and condos downtown adding to the tax base, why do you need more tax dollars?
    Why dont you divert a couple million from the Wake County Justice Center( big freaking whoop!) Quit asking for my money when you spend it in questionable ways!        We should encourage churches and charities to support the poor and homeless instead of the government.  Private charities are more efficient and rresponsible.      just my opinion

  • Bob D. Builder
    10/09 08:05 PM

    Interests rates at record lows, us with a healthy debt ratio, tons of work that needs to be down, and a hungry workforce… AKA… A NO BRAINER!!!

  • Karen Rindge
    10/10 11:36 AM

    Raleigh has a triple A bond rating and has managed all previously bonds very responsibly.  So these new ones make good financial sense.  They help us with infrastructure and keep the city from raising taxes too!

  • RaleighSince85
    10/11 01:17 PM

    I agree that Raleigh’s transportation is seriously lacking.  With magazines continuing to rank us a top place to live, more and more people will flock here.  Good for our economy and housing market, terrible for transportation.  Wake up and build mass transit.  Want to attract new business?  Give us a way to effectively get to RTP from other areas in Raleigh.  Our mass transit is a joke and adding bike paths and sidewalks isn’t the answer.  No matter where you are in Raleigh, you’re 20 minutes away from where you need to be, by car.  I’m not riding my bike downtown from Brier Creek or walking to work.  If this bond was for a useful cause, I’d understand paying a few bucks a year.

    While it would be nice to knock over some old, dilapidated homes and put some responsible people in them, why should we pay for it?  Give the builder or “house-flipper” a deal on it or cut them a break on a renovation loan if you want to improve on these structures. 

    “...the housing bond helps those living in poverty to buy their first home.” - are you kidding me?  I’m all for people helping people and I hate to see someone living in poverty, but you want to take a homeless person off the street and make them a homeowner? - How about those who are working hard to save money for the 20% down payment.  There are many organizations to help the homeless and I agree we should support them, maybe even help them find a cheap place to live, but giving them a 30 year mortgage (debt) is not the answer and will only worsen this economy.  Worst idea I’ve ever read.

  • Ken Metzger
    10/11 03:02 PM

    Good pedestrian and biking paths provide an overall better multi-modal transportation network. Building a good transportation network leads to smarter growth patterns because people want to be able to use the trails and paths to get places instead of having to drive everywhere.  We have to stop only building roads and having the growth follow the multi-billion dollar highways that we build around here.  This bond also supports mass transit which could connect wonderfully with a bike and pedestrian friendly area.  I am less than twenty mintues away from bicycle from most of what I need; I just wish we had a system where everyone would feel comfortable enough to ride where they want to go.

    10/12 12:20 AM

    Seriously, giving home loans to people who can’t afford it almost caused global economic collapse.  Wow, that is unbelievable after what just happened.

  • me
    10/12 11:53 AM

    Ken - do you envision that EVERYONE wants to live near a bike path so they can use their bicycle to get places?



    Where, in your worldview, do delivery trucks, dump trucks, large SUVs full of families headed to soccer (across the county, thanks to the soon-to-be-reimplemented busing plan), and anything other than you and your fixie, fit in?

  • me too
    10/12 01:07 PM

    Well, the first thing I’d say is that the “large SUVs full of families headed to soccer” can just stay home for all I care.

    Second thing is that every homeless person should be living in a home, that’s correct, and that no one should be paying any institutions anything whatsoever to do so. All contracts with anything other than individuals should be nulled, voided.

    Banks, corporations…they’re not people and do not exist to help people. Everything they say they own should be up for grabs.

  • RaleighSince85
    10/12 01:38 PM

    What?  Of course banks and corporations, other than not-for-profits, exist for the purpose of making money.  Corps are treated as entities, like people, so you have the ability to sue them if they hurt you or they can be taxed to help build your bike path. 


    I am curious what society you envision “me too” that everyone gets a house and nobody has a contract to pay for it.  Do you have $200k to pay the homebuilder for your house or do you need help to come up with that large ammount?  Please explain why I wake up, put on a tie, and work hard every day to support my family, but I should help pay for a homeless person’s personal home.  Everyone deserves a chance, maybe a second chance, but personal responsibility is just that.  If you want warm shelter in the winter, work for it the rest of the year.  That could mean building a shack in the woods or it could mean putting on a tie and paying a mortgage and power bill every month.


    When you take down every corporation, where will you eat?  How will you do laundry?  Who will fix your leaking faucet?  Who will provide the internet so you can post on message boards?  Those signs you like to hold up on Wall Street…where are you going to buy that construction paper and who’s going to make the marker?  -  I don’t believe you have thought through your statements.  If so, you are asking that industry crumble and we all return to the stone age.

  • me too
    10/12 03:10 PM

    I don’t have a clue why you get up and put on a tie! Can’t explain it at all. As far as I am concerned, you don’t have to.

    Look,these banks and corporations you seem to think so vital to your survival - they’re relatively recent historical developments. Like the internet. Like automation. They’re NOT necessary. 

    I appreciate all the points you raised and thank you for your time. But yeah, I’m not just asking, I’m BEGGING, PRAYING that industry crumble. As far as the “stone age”? I suspect we could survive handily on the detritus of the last two centuries for a long time to come (if it wasn’t radioactive, poisonous and explosive).

  • me 2
    10/12 03:25 PM


  • RaleighSince85
    10/12 03:25 PM

    I’ll continue to put on that tie, so long as I can turn on my 50” plasma when I get home to watch a football game being played 2,000 miles away, eat a nice steak, and take a warm shower every morning.  You live in a country that loves technology and prides itself on innovation.  You’re right - most of the things we use everyday are not necessary to basic life needs, but I’d take this any day over the alternative.  If you want to live in a tree and eat off the land, why do you live in the US, much less Raleigh, NC?

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