Municipography, The City Budget and The Arts

is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center of the city.

The agenda during the City Council meeting yesterday, June 7th, 2011, did not involve many downtown topics directly. The Raleigh Furniture building, at 119 East Hargett Street is up for consideration as a historic landmark. This issue moves to the Raleigh Historic Districts Commissions and will report back on June 21st.

The excitement during yesterday’s meeting were the many comments on the 2011-2012 proposed budget. Watch or listen to the video below to get an idea of what citizens had to say.

Comments About The Budget

The comments about the budget went long during the evening session of the council meeting and arts funding opened it up. After some brief words from a few members of the community, the show of support was strong when a large group of arts supporters stood up and left together, bringing the meeting to a short stop before moving onto the next comments. There is no doubt that the arts are important to downtown Raleigh so this line item on the budget should be tracked closely.

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Most of cuts would hurt and we need to look at keeping some balance between our debts and needs. However, I would consider cuts in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety more crucial, as well as any cuts on the number of city employees and city services. Maintaining a growing and blooming arts community is absolutely necessary for many reasons, but if I had to choose I would not put arts above other crucial services to the citizens of Raleigh.

Tough decisions to be made and I hate to be a decision-maker. Thankfully, I am not…

Maybe I am missing something, but I am amazed how people come forth asking for money, yet they leave their room and don’t want to stay and hear what others have to say once their case has been presented :(

I understand how difficult these decisions are, but I also feel that cutting back in the arts is just a way to appease the masses sort of speak. Another words do some really analysis on waste in the local government and don’t always take the easy way out.

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