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The News and Observer reports when the City Council met last week to consider the new budget and a property tax increase plenty of folks showed up “with their hands out” wanting city funds for their organizations (News and Observer, 06-07-06).


Legal Aid needs $35,000 more this year, the Symphony Orchestra wants $100,000 and the Raleigh City Museum is “looking at paying another $1,400 a month to keep its digs in the Briggs Hardware Building downtown.” So the museum wants $125,000 this year – an extra $25,000.


Small change you say? Just a pittance out of the city’s $511 million budget? But which of these items would you vote to raise property taxes to pay for if you were on the City Council?


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