Local government (page 2)

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    Local finances could ruin your dream house

    Here’s some good advice on homebuying you may not have considered: If you’re looking to buy a house, chances are you’ve spent countless hours examining listings. Fabulous. Now, just make sure you spend a little time ensuring that house you want isn’t within the borders of a city that…
    Joseph Coletti, December 18, 2019
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    Unanimous Appeals Court rules against Concord in impact-fee fights

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court and ruled against Concord in a fight over water and sewer impact fees. The ruling involves four cases filed by real-estate developers challenging impact fees assessed before 2016. The unanimous panel agreed with the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 17, 2019
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    Sanders: Do Social Concerns Trump Housing Warren, Impeach Gentrification?

    More housing options (including granny flats, garage units, and multiple dwelling units per residence, not just apartments and townhomes) would relax  upward pressure on housing prices. But they would certain not prevent a neighborhood from changing.
    Jon Sanders, November 20, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Mecklenburg County voters recently rejected a sales-tax increase for “arts and parks.” Joseph Coletti places that vote in context of N.C. counties’ overall record on recent sales-tax votes for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts discusses his work with a group called RIP Medical…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    NYC Is Outsourcing Its Homelessness Problem

    NBC’s San Antonio affiliate reports: More than 12,000 homeless New Yorkers are being relocated to about 370 cities around the country. San Antonio is expected to receive several people from New York, all of who are getting a year’s worth of rent and money for furnishings,…
    Jon Guze, November 4, 2019
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    “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It takes money.”

    So says someone advocating for Mecklenburg County’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike on Tuesday’s ballot: “It just takes a lot of money to educate and to get our message out,” said Darrel Williams, who chairs the Partnership For A Better Mecklenburg. “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It…
    Sam Hieb, October 30, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019