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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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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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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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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