What you need to know about the 2023-24 Raleigh budget

Bus fares are staying free and more affordable housing is to come.

A red GoRaleigh bus crosses a bridge in front of the Raleigh skyline as scooters and bicycles pass.

The City of Raleigh was named one of the 2023 Best Workplaces for Commuters.

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Raleigh City Council voted to adopt the city’s new $1.26 billon budget, going into effect on July 1. The nearly 500 page document is available online, but here’s a quick breakdown of some exciting elements in this new budget.

  • More affordable housing: The city is planning to build 450 affordable rental units with an eventual goal of 570 each year.
  • Free public transportation: Fares on GoRaleigh buses have been suspended since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and annual budgets have continued to provide this service, free of charge. Note: This doesn’t necessarily apply to other Triangle buses, so check their websites for fare information.
  • Support for Raleigh Fire Department. RFD will receive $1.25 million to meet their growing needs, including free internet for all city fire stations.
  • Expanded Wi-Fi access. Over 50 community centers will receive upgrades to their Wi-Fi systems.