February 2, 2007: Chatham County Leadership Academy Graduation

February 8, 2007
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This event was held at the Western Chatham Senior Center, Siler City

I enjoyed attending lunch and the Graduation Ceremony for 14 of our county staff members completing our Leadership Academy. This is a one year course covering all aspects of county government which is taught by our Department Heads and Staff. Graduates also become our Chatham County Ambassadors. I think this was the first time that the entire Board of Commissioners attended.

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January 31, 2007: NC Regional Council of Governments Legislative Reception

February 8, 2007
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This was held at the Cardinal Club, Wachovia Bank, Raleigh.

Approximately 125 Legislators and COG Delegates from around the state attended this event. Lots of smiling, hand shaking and “oh, by the way”, let’s take a good look at the 1% Land Transfer Tax !

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January 24, 2007: Triangle J Council of Governmnts Legislative Breakfast

February 8, 2007
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This was held at the Sheraton Imperial, in Durham.

Many of the Legislators representing the TJ-COG counties (Orange, Durham, Chatham, Wake, Lee,  Johnston and Moore) attended. House Speaker, Joe Hackney, addressed the group and we enjoyed some  one-on-one conversation with the various Representatives and Senators. Of course, I spent my time pushing for the 1% Land Transfer Tax.. I hope the day will come when I can talk about something else!

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Success speaks for itself! – 1% Land Transfer Tax

January 23, 2007
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Our Legislature authorized (7) seven counties-Dare, Currituck, Chowan, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Washington the authority, with voter approval, to implement the 1% Land Transfer Tax. All were successful except Washington County. Their referendum has been defeated two times.

I sent the following request to the Managers of the six counties who have implemented the 1% Land Transfer Tax…

“ Will you please provide a short “statement of effect” as to how the 1% L.T.T. is benefiting your county as a revenue source for capital improvements and the status of your...

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January 20, 2007: 1% Land Transfer Tax?

January 19, 2007
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We do not have legislative authority to implement a Land Transfer Tax. The BOC is seeking this authority from our General Assembly, just like we did in their '05-'06 sessions. We have far more support this time as many counties are facing the same residential onslaught that we are experiencing.

We must have a new source of revenue and the LTT is the only revenue option (tax) that will fit Chatham County needs other than a substantial Personal Property Tax increase which many citizens simply can not afford, or an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinace which...

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January 16, 2007: Board of Commissioners Regular Session

January 19, 2007
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  • Parkers Springs Subdivision – Sketch Design, 50 lots on 87 acres located off SR 1700, MT. Gilead Church Rd., New Hope and Williams   townships was approved with an Environmental Assessment and Peer Review prior to Preliminary Plat. 4-1, Commissioner Barnes opposing.

  • Lystra Road Subdivision – Sketch Design, 90 lots on 144 acres – located off SR 1721, Lystra Road, Williams Townships, was disapproved. 5-0.

  • Moratorium Ordinance Revision – an amendment to section 7,  Exemptions of Ordinance, to remove Sketch Design from the list of exemptions under Moratorium. 4-1, Commissioner Cross opposing.

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January 16, 2007: Board of Commissioners Work Session

January 19, 2007
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  • Harnett Water Contract - Mr. Fred Hobbs of Hobbs-Upchurch  Engineers presented an update on our Harnett Water Contract.  We will hold a public information forum January 29 at 6 PM in the   Superior Courtroom for those who are interested in having some input  or simply learning more about the project.

  • BOE and BOC – There will be a joint meeting of the BOE and the BOC on February 12 at 6:30 in the PBO Elementary School.   The Lystra Road school property will be discussed.

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