Yes, it’s true, the N&O’s editorial board opposes fee hikes, and even wrote:

It has become a cycle from which there is no apparent escape, the “solution” for which is to spend, spend, spend.

In most households in America, people have to budget, and live at least
within sight of their means. If they get in a hole, they have to cut
back and moderate in other areas. Because they know they must face

Alas, the target of this ire is the UNC athletic department, which
wants to raise a $98 fee on students by $150. The Board of Governors
decided that students should not pay $200 more in tuition, let’s see
how they feel about fees for basketball. I won’t hold my breath for the
N&O to oppose tax or fee hikes on the rest of the state.