Raleigh City Council Cost of War Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 733

A RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE SENSE OF THE
RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL REGARDING THE USE OF FEDERAL
FUNDS TO MEET LOCAL FINANCING NEEDS.

Whereas the United States is currently engaged in military actions which are
nearing the end of their intended durations; and

Whereas, the ongoing economic situation in this country has resulted in reduced
revenue to both the private and public sectors, revenue which could be used to meet
critical infrastructure and other public policy needs;

Whereas, funding cuts to various programs such as community development
block grants have caused local governments to curtail certain services which are
beneficial to the public; and

Whereas, both state and local governments in this country face unprecedented
needs for repair and replacement of roads, water plants, waste water facilities and many
other public needs for which funding does not currently exist;

Whereas, funding for a constructive economy that sustains high level educational
opportunities, quality medical care, affordable housing, infrastructure repair and
maintenance, and environmental protections; and

Whereas, the end of the previously mentioned military conflicts may result in less
pressure on the federal budget in years to come; and

Whereas, the maintenance of a strong national defense is one of the primary
duties of the federal government as well as recognizing and caring for those who have
borne the battle in defending against terrorism;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE RALEIGH CITY
COUNCIL THAT:

1. The President and the United States Congress are requested to use any savings
occurring due to the end of any current military conflicts for distribution to state and
local governments for use in meeting human and infrastructure needs for those areas
in years to come.

2. The President and the United States Congress are requested to also use those funds
to begin and complete federal infrastructure and human needs, including support for
veterans of these conflicts.

Adopted:

March 5, 2013

Effective:

March 5, 2013

Prepared by the Raleigh City Attorney’s office

 

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