To the Taxpayers of Rocky Mount, NC…How much more are you willing to pay?

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The FY 2019 proposed budget for the City of Rocky Mount calls for a 3.8% property tax rate increase and increases spending by 9.13%.  If approved the tax rate for Rocky Mount will have increased  13.22% ($0.605 to $0.685) since 2017.$2,028,530 of the increase is to pay for the Rocky Mount Event Center while the rest is to fund thirteen new positions which includes the creation of a third Assistant City Manager.  When the Event Center was ...

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3.8% property tax rate increase and 9.13% spending increase

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The FY 2019 proposed budget for the City of Rocky Mount calls for a 3.8% property tax rate increase and increases spending by 9.13%.  If approved the tax rate for Rocky Mount will have increased  13.22% ($0.605 to $0.685) since 2017.$2,028,530 of the increase is to pay for the Rocky Mount Event Center while the rest is to fund thirteen new positions which includes the creation of a third Assistant City Manager.  When the Event Center was ...

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Did the Rocky Mount City Council violate the open meetings law?

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“The Rocky Mount City Council may have violated open meetings laws recently when hiring an interim manager, a consultant for the Downtown Event Center and a new city manager, according to a public records law professor.” according to the June 4, 2017 Rocky Mount Telegram article by Lindell John Kay

To read the article click on the following link Public votes not taken on city hires

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New Market Tax Credit financing for the Rocky Mount Event Center and OIC wellness center

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The city of Rocky Mount approves New Market Tax Credit financing for the Event Center and the wellness center operated by OIC.  OIC will received $1.00 yearly rent for 4,500 square feet.

See agenda with detail

See detail of New Market Tax Credit information and OIC lease

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Community Center wont’t save Rocky Mount

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Community Center Won't Save Rocky Mount

Link to Carolina Journal  Commentary by Julie Tisdale – https://goo.gl/d3in7h

Julie Tisdale is city and county policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation.

carolinajournal.com and johnlocke.org

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Carolina Journal – Community center would add debt without taxpayer OK

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Click on image to link to newspaper. Turn to pages 8 and 9.

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Rocky Mount Event Center: An Unwise Burden For Taxpayers

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Insightful spotlight on the proposed Rocky Mount Event Center by Julie Tisdale of the John Locke Foundation. Please click on the image to link to the pdf or go to https://goo.gl/gjFAPd to view the article.

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John Locke Foundation

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Event Center – $2.5 million for land that’s only worth $1 million

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The spending spree the City of Rocky Mount leaders have spent and propose to spend on the “proposed” Event Center is not sustainable.  This type of spending is not sustainable for private citizens because private citizens do not have the legal authority to raise your taxes without your vote like the Rocky Mount City Council.

One example of why the Event Center is going to cost citizens $51 million is how they are paying for land.

The owners of the site where ...

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Event Center – Public Hearing – Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 6:00pm – Rocky Mount City Hall

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Tuesday night, the Rocky Mount City Council will discuss funding options on the $50+ million project.

This may be your last chance for you to ask the City Council to put the issue to a vote.

Is this project a higher priority than job growth, or crime prevention, or education?

The Rocky Mount Event Center will require an increase in taxes for every citizen and business in Rocky Mount.

Is this the right time to increase taxes?

Let your voice be heard. Tuesday at 6:00 ...

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Event Center goes from $32 million to $39 million – Oh Well!

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According to City of Rocky Mount official the “proposed” Event Center will cost $32 million.  City Manager Charles Penny was quoted in April that the “the guaranteed maximum cost of the potential facility is $32 million. The city is looking to be approved for $15 million in new market tax credits before moving forward to the next stage that will include getting local government consent.”

So why is this project now costing taxpayers $39 million?  According to the Rocky Mount ...

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