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.

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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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Rocky Mount Property Tax Rate Increase? – With property values declining, city should put event center on hold

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Nash County property owners will see tax values of their property reduced between $10,000 to $15,000 for every $100,000 worth of property while those in Rocky Mount could experience losses between $20,000 and $25,000 per $100,000 in value. Anyone who has sold or purchased property in our area can confirm the tax values mimic the market values.

This result has dire consequences to individuals who often leverage home values to purchase large ticket items ...

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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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