Category Archives: Local government
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
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.
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
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
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