"so called" rights?
Yeah, the problem is only in the Muslim community.
I attended the meeting at Martin Street Baptist Church because I want to get input from the entire community. The comments during that meeting were all excellent, and many of the ideas received will better the system once it is implemented. Mr. Coleman and Ms. Rainey have important issues to share, and they are adept at pushing those issues to the public view. We need more people like them in more places.
While the concern over gentrification is a serious one, and one which I agree all levels of government need to be attuned to, it is in my opinion not a valid reason to oppose this Transit Plan. The plan does present a convenient leverage point with which to gain needed attention, and I don't blame folks who capitalize on that opportunity. But the critique misses the point.
Done properly, this plan will make life less expensive to live in Southeast Raleigh and elsewhere in the County. Quadrupling the number of buses, greatly increasing service hours and frequency, and going from 17 to 83 miles of routes with 15 minute intervals will provide an enormous benefit. It will, for the first time, make Raleigh a city you can actually live in without a car.
Bus Rapid Transit is not, as Mr. Coleman erroneously stated, another word for moving people out. It is rapid transit. And it should encourage transit-oriented development - which is to say development of properties in a manner to allow people to live near a station without need for a private vehicle. Being able to go to and from work and community events without needing a private car makes life more affordable and allows an individual the freedom to choose the manner in which they want to travel.
Yes, it is crucially important that any development decisions be made with the community in mind. But let's not pretend that an improved public transit system - long needed in this community - is part of a plot to do anything but improve the lives of our residents. All of our residents.
Transit is not a bond, sir.
The problem is that we have a Constitutional responsibility to educate children. THat requires schools to put them in. 22 children a day are born in Wake County. We have a net increase of 60 people a day. The low side estimates of school growth are approximately 1800-2000 students a year. That's a high school per year.
I will look at all options. I will not do anything that exceeds our debt capacity under our AAA bond rating, and I will work hard to avoid any tax increase. But we have to see what the numbers show us. What we cannot do is what we did prior to 2013, which is pretend that the growth is going to go away. It's not.
If you'd like impact fees, you're going to have to convince the State Legislature. They are not legal in North Carolina.
I appreciate this article, but I want to make it clear that there is no division on our Board on the following point: We need to fully consider all available options to meet our growth needs and to ensure the best possible chance to pass the transit referendum in November.
We have to do both. What was presented at the joint meeting were several options for doing that. The most innovative thing we heard was moving from the occasional billion dollar General Obligation Bond referendum to a more systematic and regular approach that encourages longterm planning and a regular approval of an amount of debt to finance installments of that longterm plan which would be consistent with our debt capacity and our AAA bond rating.
I think that's very innovative and a good idea.
The issue your article speaks to is how are we going to pay for the portion of construction that has to occur between now and 2018. The general Assembly changed the rules and required bond referenda to be run only during even numbered years. So how do we get to the next even numbered year? LOBs were one suggestion. GOs another. We aren't to the point where we can make that decision, and every Commissioner I have spoken to agrees with me on that.
Wake County Commissioner
Generally speaking, eggs should not be considered chickens.
Our guests, who bring us so much joy and so much tremendous music, are welcome in Raleigh, regardless of any unfortunate article written just to sell papers.
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