Raleigh, North Carolina

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Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. It is the second largest city in the state as well as the seat of Wake County. The 2010 Census reported the population at 403,892 making it the 43rd largest city in the United States. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees. The city is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established Roanoke County on Roanoke Island in present-day Dare County, North Carolina.[1]

Elected Officials

Name Title
Nancy McFarlane Mayor
Russ Stephenson Mayor Pro Tem
Mary Ann Baldwin At-Large Councilmember
Randall Stagner Councilmember
John Odom Councilmember
Eugene Weeks Councilmember
Thomas Crowder Councilmember
Bonner Gaylord Councilmember

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Joyce Munro Director of Budget & Management Services
Gail Smith City Clerk
Leslie Eldredge Deputy City Clerk
Michele Grant Director Community Development
John McGrath Fire Chief
Gene Berg Safety and Occupational Health (HR)
Dwayne Patterson Acting Director Community Service
Gail Roper Chief Information & Community Relations
Mitchell Silver Chief Planning and Development Officer Director
HP Dolan Chief of Police
Jayne Kirkpatrick Director of Public Affairs
Carl Dawson Director of Public Works


The net operating and capital budget for FY12 is $661,748,901, which includes a General Fund total operating budget of $387,272,196. The following provides an overview of the major components of the proposed budget for FY12.

The FY12 budget marks the City of Raleigh’s third consecutive year of making significant budgetary reductions and operating under constrained resources. Over the past three years, General Fund revenues have increased by slightly less than $4 million (1%), marked by significantly reduced sales tax revenues, interest income, and development-related fees and minimal property tax growth.


The city of Raleigh received $2,998,752,005.18 in federal stimulus money in 272 grants and contracts.[2]

Local taxes

Property Taxes:

  • City: 37.35 cents per $100 valuation
  • County: 53.40 cents per $100 valuation

City Motor Vehicle License Fee:

  • $30 per vehicle

Cat / Dog Fee:

  • $7 per spay / neutered pets 4 months of age or older
  • $14 per not spayed / neutered 4 months and older

Solid waste collection fees:

  • $10.30 per month per residential unit receiving standard solid waste pickup (includes a $2.60 fee for recycling and a $7.70 fee for solid waste collection). $2.60 per month per residential unit recycling fee for multifamily complexes utilizing "igloo" or roll cart recycling containers.
  • Rate varies for businesses located in the Central Business District (CBD). Contact Solid Waste Services for rates.

Stormwater fees for single family or townhome units:

  • Tier One - 400 to 1000 sq. ft. of impervious surface: $1.60 per mo.
  • Tier Two - 1000 to 3870 sq. ft. of impervious surface: $4.00 per mo.
  • Tier Three - 3871 to 6620 sq. ft. of impervious surface: $6.80 per mo.
  • Tier Four - 6621 to 9500 sq. ft. of imperious surface: $11.60 per mo.
  • Tier Five - over 9501 sq. ft. of imperious surface: billed at rate shown below of Other Properties[3]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
  • *The current budget is posted.[4]
    • Budgets are archived to 2008.[5]
  • Elected Officials
    • Contact information for elected officials, including individual email addresses, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Meetings
    • Agendas and minutes are posted.[7]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived for more than three years.
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available.[8]
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Permit applications are available for download[9]
    • Zoning ordinances are available.[10]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[11]
    • Audits are archived to 2002.
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000.[12]
  • Public Records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[13]
  • Taxes
    • City property tax information is posted.[14]
    • Assessed value of property taxes for over 10 years is posted.[15]
    • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published in the Budget[16]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • A list of memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are available and a search of lobbying doesn’t generate any relevant results.

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