The Raleigh City Council postponed a vote on the proposed proposed Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center:

Approving the project would mean a likely property tax increase in the worst local economy since the Depression. Any tax increase wouldn’t go into effect in January 2011, at the earliest.

…Acting now will allow the city to save as much as $20 million because of low construction costs and interest rates. However, councilors have heard from citizens who don’t want to see their local tax bills go up, and who have questioned whether there is a need to replace the current police and fire facilities with the 17-story structure being proposed.

That’s what we’ve heard a lot of up here in G’boro —— we had to act on the favorable construction climate in order to get the aquatic center at a good price.