When will the Rocky Mount City Council and Manager pull their heads out of the sand?

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When will the Rocky Mount City Council and Manager pull their heads out of the sand? Who in the world is going to come to Rocky Mount when a game is cancelled due to GUNSHOTS not weather?

That’s exactly what happened on Friday night November 6th at the Top Gun “Winter World Series” game that was held at the Rocky Mount Legion Field on Howell St.  At one point the players, coaches and spectators were ...

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Rocky Mount – Utility savings? Or smoke and mirrors?

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How much has the City of Rocky Mount allowed residential customers to share in the savings due to the recent reduction in electric and natural gas rates? Well, to answer that question you need to compare the rates, fees and which services you utilize in addition to some Xanax to figure out this convoluted system.  Heck, we are still not sure we’ve figured this out but here goes.

If you are strictly comparing the rates then the reduction is placing real ...

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Rocky Mount Telegram – NC Bond Referendum and the Event Center

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It was interesting to read the Rocky Mount Telegram Editorial in support of the North Carolina bond referendum. This referendum will allow North Carolina taxpayers to vote, up or down, for a $2 billion general obligation bond for infrastructure.

The Community Council is not taking a position on this statewide measure but we do wonder why the Rocky Mount Telegram supports a referendum at the state level for infrastructure but ...

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Rocky Mount Event Center – Buyer Beware!

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The Rocky Mount City Council has voted.  The building of the Event Center which is now called the Downtown Community Center is apparent.  Thankfully, the City Council voted to have a local contractor design/build the Event Center.  At the  Monday – September 14, 2015 City Council meeting the construction duo of Barnhill/Holt Contractors will reveal preliminary design and layout to the public.

We remain disappointed this was not put to a referendum and remain doubtful this will ...

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Property Tax and Rate Increases – Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County Considering Budget

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Twin Counties

City of Rocky Mount

On Monday night, June 8th, the Rocky Mount City Council will consider  a new budget that includes increases to the property tax  in addition to water and sewer rates.  The property tax increase is to build the event center when it has not even been approved by the City Council or the NC Local Government Commission.

  • Increase current property tax rate of $0.58 to $0.60 (3.33% increase) or $0.605 (4.13% ...
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Event Center and Sales Tax Legislation could result in Rocky Mount increasing property taxes by 20%

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Rocky Mount Telegram letter to editor  states how the “proposed” event center and sales tax legislation could result in Rocky Mount increasing property taxes by 20%.

Sales tax redistribution plan likely to hurt Rocky Mount revenue

Friday, April 3, 2015

We all know government makes decisions that impact our lives daily. Too often overlooked is the collective impact of the actions of our elected officials at all levels.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reported the recent proposed sales tax legislation, if approved, would cause Rocky Mount ...

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“Proposed” Rocky Mount Event Center by the Numbers – Interpretation

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Here we try to breakdown the SFA presentation to be less confusing.  SFA presented a Pro-Forma for the “proposed” Rocky Mount Event Center at the committee of the whole and to the public.  The report did not total many of the projections and some information was not even presented.  For example, the only means to determine attendance was to base it off of the concessions revenue and expense report.  SFA only presented information on the operation of the facility and no ...

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“Proposed” Rocky Mount Event Center by The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) – V2

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On February 23, 2015 the Rocky Mount City Council held an informational meeting regarding the “proposed” event center for citizens and property tax payers.  The most recent consultant presentation was by The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA).  Please review the links to the attached documents and video to learn more.  Citizens could only ask questions by filling out a response card.  One question confirmed citizens will receive an increase in property taxes to pay for the event center.  According to the Davenport & ...

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“Proposed” Rocky Mount Event Center by The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA)

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On February 23, 2015 the Rocky Mount City Council held an informational meeting regarding the “proposed” event center for citizens and property tax payers.  The most recent consultant presentation was by The Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA).  Please review the links to the attached documents and video to learn more.  Citizens could only ask questions by filling out a response card.  One question confirmed citizens will receive an increase in property taxes to pay for the event center.  According to the Davenport & ...

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Rocky Mount Event Center Presentation

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Rocky Mount Event Center Presentation
by Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA)

According to the City of Rocky Mount

This Monday, February 23rd the City Council will hear a report from the second consultant SFA, Sports Facilities Advisory, at the Committee of the Whole Meeting (http://goo.gl/UyQnf8 ). No public comment but ...
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