Wake voters cast ballots on public transportation referendum


HOWARD DEAN TALKS COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY. THEN ON THURSDAY, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA RETURNS TO THE STATE TO CAMPAIGN WITH HILLARY CLINTON. ANYONE THAT HAS VOTED ALREADY WILL TELL YOU THERE ARE A LOT OF RACES ON THE BALLOT. WHILE MOST OF THE FOCUS IS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL RACES, HERE IN WAKE COUNTY VOTERS WILL FIND A SALES TAX REFERENDUM AT THE END OF THE BALLOT. BEAU MINNICK NEXT LINE WITH THE MONEY WOULD BE USED FOR AND WHAT BOTH SIDES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT. THERE IS SOMETHING IN THIS PLAN FOR EVERYONE. IT IS NOT A GOOD PLAN THAT IS ILL-CONCEIVED. REPORTER:YOU HAVE LIKELY SEEN THE SIGNS AROUND WAKE COUNTY, SOME SAY PHOT FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION REFERENDUM OTHERS SAY NO TO A TAX HIKE. THEY ARE BOTH REFERENCING A DECISION WAKE COUNTY VOTERS HAD BEFORE THEM. ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST A .01 CENTS INCREASE TO BE USED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. IT IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE DOING ALL THAT WE CAN TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. WE CAN JUST DO SO MUCH BY BUILDING ADDITIONAL ROADS ADDITIONAL CAPACITY. REPORTER: THE MAYOR IS THE COCHAIR OF MOVING WAKE COUNTY FORWARD. A GROUP IN FAVOR OF THE REFERENDUM. THE SALES TAX INCREASE WOULD HELP FUND THE WAKE TRANSIT PLAN INCLUDING A 37-MILE COMMUTER RAIL CONNECTING GARNER TO RALEIGH TO DUKE UNIVERSITY, AND POINTS IN BETWEEN. THERE ALSO IS A PLANT EXPANSION OF A BUS SERVICE TO THE COUNTY INCLUDING A NEW FEATURE CALLED BUS RAPID TRANSIT. BASICALLY A BLEND BETWEEN BUS AND RAIL. THEY ARE LARGER BUSES, OKAY, BUT THEY CAN RUN ON DEDICATED CORRIDORS. THE STATIONS ARE MORE UPDATED, SO IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A RAIL STATION. REPORTER:THE WAKE COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION OPPOSES THE PLAN OF THE SALES TAX INCREASE BEFORE THE VOTERS. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE OCCURS. WE DO NOT FEEL UNLESS THE BUS SERVICE IS DRAMATICALLY CHANGED, AND HIS IMPROVES, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CARS. REPORTER:WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS WITH A TYPICAL FAMILY, THE TAX INCREASE OF — AMOUNTS TO LESS THAN THREE DOLLARS A MONTH. FOR BASICALLY THE PRICE OF A CUP OF COFFEE YOU CAN QUADRUPLE BUS CAPACITY GIVE YOU A BRAND- NEW TECHNOLOGY

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