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Big idea, explained: 
The next city budget

The City of Raleigh is deciding how to spend public funds for the next year that begins July 1, and you can have input.

What's happening now: City Manager Marchell Adams-David presented the $1.07 billion-dollar proposed budget at Tuesday’s Raleigh City Council meeting. A public hearing is scheduled for June 1. [how to sign up]

Some changes to note in the proposed budget:
💰 Property taxes increase, including for parks projects.
💰 Utility increases
💰 Forming of the Office of Community Engagement
💰 Equity measures
💰 Police funding increases
💰 Raleigh workers' living wage 

Keep reading: []
Complete budget: [city site]
Message from Shop Local Raleigh:

🍻The NC Hops Festival is coming to NC State Fairgrounds June 12 + 13, featuring North Carolina craft beverages, live music, local makers and food trucks! 
Tickets are $45 per session to sample NC beer, cider, and seltzers. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. 
Each session is 4 hours long and will take place inside and outdoors of the Jim Graham building. Limited tickets will be sold, grab yours today!
Use our link and Raleigh Convergence will receive $2 from each ticket sold!
Buy Tickets >>

Raleigh Night Market is back
in Downtown Raleigh, beginning 5-9 p.m. tonight in Moore Square. Monthly markets are scheduled through November. [site]

Shaw University’s Center for Racial and Social Justice is partnering with the city on Courageous Conversations, public listening sessions on race, racism and social equity. A survey open now will help planners understand what's important to Raleigh residents. [project site]

Raleigh nonprofit YM4C hosts barbershop conversations, mentorship program and basketball games to encourage young Black boys. [Triangle Tribune] (YM4C leader Troy Johnson was also Southeast Raleigh ambassador for our New Neighbor Project!)
Scooters are on the streets: We shared in late April that scooters were returning to Raleigh in May.

By this week, there's a heavy presence of all three companies: Lime, Spin and Bolt.

We spotted some scooters with Gotcha branding, a name you're likely familiar with since the city had a previous agreement with the company. Gotcha was acquired by Bolt.

You're most likely to catch one in Downtown Raleigh at this point, but there's also a large volume in the Village District as of Wednesday. 🛴
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