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.