Category Archives: Local government

A casino in Kings Mountain? Voters should decide, not city council.

As a Gaston County native that frequently traveled to Kings Mountain, a casino is not something one would expect in the small town in Cleveland County.  There are still towns in Cleveland County that haven’t passed liquor by the drink, I would guess they would be hard pressed to find overwhelming public support for aContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Duke University research scholar Chris Conover about the overstated risks for people without health insurance. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the N.C. counties seeking voter support this fall for sales tax increases.

Ashe County to raise Sales tax for Hospital subsidy

There are seven counties with quarter-cent increases to their sales taxes on the ballot in November.  For Ashe County, this will be the first time on the ballot. While many local governments claim they will collect the tax for a specific purpose, that is not permissible by law.  Any revenue generated from the local-option, quarter-centContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Appeals Court ruling that could place a greater burden on local governments to prove zoning violations. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal explains why high school students would benefit from a later start to the school day.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Durham officials have shred records tied to a recently repealed gun registration law. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that increased government spending can have diminishing returns.

Catawba County property revaluation set for 2015

North Carolina state law mandates a revaluation of property every eight years, although many counties have decided to revaluate on a more frequent basis.  Catawba County has adopted a four-year revaluation cycle and the last revaluation was in 2011.  The new revaluation will become effective Jan. 1, 2015. Properties appreciate and depreciate in value dependingContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online on a court ruling in a Charlotte rezoning dispute that could have statewide implications. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal reminds us that there’s been no global warming for nearly 18 years.

Puncturing projections of growth in N.C. convention center business

Government-owned convention centers tend to lose money, and they fall far short of meeting projected growth in nearby hotel business. The answer from convention center backers always involves spending more money — for a new hotel near the convention center, for an expanded convention center, or even for a new center. Heywood Sanders, professor ofContinue Reading