Update from The Community Council

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We want to take a few moments to update you on The Community Council and our plans regarding the “proposed” event center by the Rocky Mount City Council.

We now have signs stating our opposition to the proposed event center due to people having no vote and further financial drain on our fragile economy.  Signs will be available if you would like to have one.  Secondly, we have hired a firm to assist us ...

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Charlotte has $22.8 million worth of reasons why Rocky Mount should not build an event center

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The Charlotte City Council will vote to stick creditors with $22.8 million of debt owed for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Debtors include NASCAR, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.  Last year the NASCAR Hall of Fame only attracted 170,000 visitors which is a mere 230,000 short of the projected 400,000 visitors.  Even after failing to pay debt obligations the NASCAR Hall of fame is projected to lose up to $500,000 per year. For the sake of the Queen City let’s hope ...

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Nash County fee increase – Public Hearing – January 5, 2015

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Nash County is holding a public hearing regarding a proposed fee increase for solid waste.  The following four (4) options are being proposed to the Board of Commissioners for their consideration.

  • Option 1 – Increase rural household solid waste fee from $96 per year to $125 per year. 23.2% fee increase
  • Option 2 – Establish municipal rate of $25 per year and increase rural household fee from $96 per year to $101 per year. New fee on municipalities, many already receive solid waste service, and a 4.9% fee ...
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EB-5 Funding – Rocky Mount’s option for funding the event center

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Rocky Mount’s option for funding the “proposed” event center.
What happens when you sell US citizenship for $500,000? The dark, disturbing world of EB-5 visas: http://bit.ly/1uirMtd

Author Heywood Sanders of Convention Center Follies speaks at the John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society luncheon

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Author Heywood Sanders of Convention Center Follies speaks at the John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society luncheon September 29, 2014.  He has extensively studied projections by consultants that typically recommend the construction of convention centers.

This is a must see by all Rocky Mount Citizens, City Council, Mayor and City Manager.  This features Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington.  Please click on the picture of the book below to link to his talk. http://jlf.streamhammer.com/speakers/heywoodsanders092914.mp4

 

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Update from the Community Council

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This year The Community Council has been working and researching various topics which impact our community.You can review details by visiting our website or Facebook page .  While we placed several ads in The Rocky Mount Telegram and encourage everyone to purchase the paper to keep abreast of local issues, we want to give you a quick synopsis on what we believe are a few of the biggest ...

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Bond referendum in Hickory, NC

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It appears Hickory, NC is in a similar position to Rocky Mount, NC.  Both municipalities say they are looking to spend $40 million. Rocky Mount’s City Council has all but said it will approve the “proposed” Event Center while Hickory is asking citizen input via a bond referendum vote in November.  Is one way better than the other?

Thanks to the September issue of Business North Carolina magazine for bringing this ...

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How Rocky Mount stacks up to other North Carolina Municipalities

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Over the past few months the Rocky Mount City Manager and Council have made some bold proposals that impact our community.  They have proposed building an event center that will cost citizens over $60 million to build and finance while the ten year projected operating loss is $4.3 million.  Most recently they have proposed a 3% to 9% pay raise ...

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How much more can we handle?

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According to the Rocky Mount Telegram we will likely see a 7% increase in our electric and gas bills while sewer charges will increase by 5%.  The City of Rocky Mount is piling on the fees and increases to citizens instead of cutting the budget by the $2.3 ...

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Is it Possible to Make the “Proposed” Event Center Profitable?

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It comes to no surprise that the Rocky Mount City Council votes to proceed with securing funds (including, but not limited to EB-5 and New Market Tax Credits) for funding of the “proposed” event center.

Surprising to the public was a motion by Councilman Tom Rogers, supported by the entire City Council, for a plan to exceed study projections and suggested the “proposed” event center must operate with profit.

The motion made by Rogers:

Initiating the NMTCs and EB-5 application process is the natural, next ...

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