Residents set to weigh in on Greenville transportation bond

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Folks in Greenville have to chance to speak out about a transportation bond spending your tax dollars, and potentially hiking your tax rates.

WNCT has covered this story for months, getting mixed messages from Greenville leaders on whether or not the bond will raise taxes. Now, you at home have the chance to weigh in on how you think your money should be spent.

The proposed bond allocates nearly 15 million dollars of your tax dollars to improving roads, the 10th street connector, west fifth streetscape, sidewalks, and greenways.

In the past, economic growth has allowed the city’s budget to cover bonds, eliminating the need for tax hikes. They expect that to also be the case with this transportation bond, but say there’s no guarantee.

City spokesperson Steve Hawley tells WNCT while residents have voiced concerns about the potential increase, that’s not what bothers them the most.

“The biggest complaint that we’ve heard is the condition of our transportation network, and that’s what these bonds are set to do. They’re set to repair our roads before they get so bad, they’re incredibly expensive to repair,” Hawley said.

Hawley says worst case scenario would be a maximum 2 and a quarter cent tax increase.

If the city council gives final approval on the transportation bond after the hearing, it’ll go to a public vote in November.

If you want to voice your thoughts, the public hearing is at Greenville City Hall Thursday night at 7. WNCT will keep you updated with any developments on the city’s plan.

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