Rocky Mount Edgecombe Community Development Corporation and Douglas Block

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It appears the Citizens of Rocky Mount are paying Rocky Mount Edgecombe Community Development Corporation (RMECDC) tons of money to not manage the Douglas Block:

  • $475,000 cash to end contract
  • Conveying the lot adjacent to the Booker T Theater with stipulations
  • $75,000 to fund commercial development manager (Not yet hired as of 04/08/2019)
  • $150,000 to fund the Housing Counseling Center & Business Dev. Center

Click here to view a copy of the legal document: http://thecommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Douglas-Block-Settlement-Agreement-and-Mutual-Release.pdf

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Rocky Mount Telegram Articles on Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and City Council Questionable Actions

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Reporting by Rocky Mount Telegram – Primarily Staff Writer Lindell John Kay unless otherwise noted.

  • Police chief search traverses troubled waters – Sunday, January 13, 2019

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Police/2019/01/13/Police-chief-search-traverses-troubled-waters.html

  • City settles discrimination suit – Tuesday, January 15, 2019

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/01/15/City-pays-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit.html

  • New parks director named – Wednesday, January 16, 2019

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/01/16/New-director-to-lead-parks-department.html

  • Another city official resigns – Thursday, January 17, 2019

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2019/01/17/Agency-leader-resigns.html

  • City official still lives out ...

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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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Rocky Mount City Council agrees to hire Rochelle D. Small-Toney as new City Manager without an announced public vote.

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Rocky Mount City Council agrees to hire Rochelle D. Small-Toney as new City Manager without an announced public vote by the city council.

Rochelle Small-Toney most recently served as deputy city manager for Fayetteville, NC.  According to The Fayetteville Observer – Fayetteville deputy city manager on family leave, not expected to return – Fayetteville deputy city manager on family leave, not expected to return she left in September for a four-month leave of ...

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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.

jlf-event-center-article

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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