City Seeks Input on 2025 Budget
To get involved, please sign up for a Listening Session using this registration link.
In-Person Listening Sessions:
- Thursday, October 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m., District E Glen Eden Park Community Center
- Tuesday, October 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m., "Budget & Brews!" at Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street
Virtual Listening Sessions:
- Saturday, October 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday, October 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
- Monday, October 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 26, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 26, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
City Council Mulls Future of Dix Park
They also discussed creating a Municipal Service District, (called an MSD,) around the park that would levy an additional tax on nearby businesses and (non-single-family) properties to create services that otherwise don’t exist. If that sounds familiar, it’s exactly how the Downtown Raleigh Alliance is run, and the idea is the same: local businesses and property owners fund services that enhance the area and benefit the city as a whole by boosting the area’s attractiveness.
The Council already has many questions on how all of this will be implemented, but the conversation can happen at all thanks to the people of Raleigh overwhelmingly approving the parks bond last year. It’s just another example of how the Chamber is working to make sure our quality of life remains one of the best in the nation.
Downtown Raleigh Safety Improvements
- Drop-in “day shelters” will be coming online in early November, where persons experiencing homelessness will be able to find shelter during daylight hours. Currently, Raleigh only has shelters at night, so those who aren’t actively working with social services often have nowhere to go except public spaces. This will give those individuals somewhere to go and provide another potential point of contact for government and nonprofit organizations to interact with them.
- The Downtown Raleigh Alliance will be contracting with a private security firm to provide additional personnel who will work with RPD to provide additional oversight of public spaces and resources for RPD officers. Unarmed private security will run from October 31, 2023 through June 30, 2024, operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.