Julie Tisdale

City and County Policy Analyst

Posts by Julie Tisdale (page 3)

  • Tax rates going up in Rocky Mount

    Last night, the Rocky Mount City Council met.  The minutes aren’t available yet, but the Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the councillors discussed property taxes.  Surprise, surprise, it looks like they’ll be going up. Due to this year’s revaluation and the city’s need to pay for the Downtown Community…
    Julie Tisdale, March 28, 2017
  • Where people are moving in North Carolina

    There’s an interesting map in an online article from The Charlotte Observer today.  It’s a county-by-county look at population change since the last census in 2016, and it shows clearly where population is growing, and where it’s shrinking.  It’s much as you would expect.  There’s a lot of growth in…
    Julie Tisdale, March 23, 2017
  • Overinflated claims about Rocky Mount’s Downtown Community Facility

    If you dropped in from out of town and picked up yesterday’s Rocky Mount Telegram, you could be forgiven for thinking that the city was booming, with developers beating each other out of the way to land the next big project in Rocky Mount.  And that all of that was…
    Julie Tisdale, March 20, 2017
  • A larger per diem for legislators is a case of wrong incentives

    The Charlotte Observer ran a story today under the headline “North Carolina legislators want to pay themselves more.”  There are all sorts of problems with this, but let’s start with the headline itself.  Legislators don’t want to pay themselves more.  They want to force the taxpayers of North Carolina to…
    Julie Tisdale, February 9, 2017
  • Where’s the money for police pay raises?

    On Tuesday, Raleigh announced that they would be increasing pay for some city workers.  This was unusual in a couple of respects.  First, it’s mid-year.  That rarely happens.  Usually, the city waits for a new fiscal year and a new budget to bring in pay increases.  These, however, will…
    Julie Tisdale, February 9, 2017
  • Update: Charlotte won’t back stadium proposal

    Charlotte was supposed to vote late tomorrow afternoon on a proposal to fund 25% of a new soccer stadium.  While the county voted this morning to proceed, the Charlotte mayor just released this statement: We are canceling the City Council Friday 4 p.m. meeting scheduled to discuss the MLS deal.
    Julie Tisdale, January 26, 2017
  • Mecklenburg Commissioners just voted for a terrible deal

    This morning, Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5-4 to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money to subsidize a very wealthy family’s pursuit of a potentially extremely lucrative professional soccer team.  The county won’t own the team, so those profits won’t go to the county.  But they will own the stadium…
    Julie Tisdale, January 26, 2017
  • Fossil Fuel Free Watauga?

    This week, Watauga County commissioners adopted a resolution calling for “100% green energy” by 2050, meaning no fossil fuel use at all in 33 years.  And not just for Watauga County, but for the entire United States. The problems with this are myriad, of course.  First, the commissioners can adopt…
    Julie Tisdale, January 20, 2017