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    Alexander County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted December 20, 2007 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Alexander County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on January 8. But the county has nearly $5.3 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
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    Debt is Debt: Taxpayers on hook for TIFs despite rhetoric

    posted November 18, 2007 by Joseph Coletti
    Tax increment financing (TIF) hides the diversion of funds from government services that is inherent in borrowing. It still puts taxpayers at risk for repayment and is more expensive than general obligation bonds or certificates of participation (COPs).
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    Bond, School Bonds: School Bonds Will Leave Taxpayers Shaken Down, Not Stirred

    posted October 25, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Daren Bakst
    Elected officials in Durham, Gaston, Macon, Mecklenburg, and Moore counties are asking voters to approve school construction bonds that will increase an already high tax burden on low and middle income homeowners in these counties. Local governments have failed to implement the full range of school facilities alternatives and strategies that could accommodate enrollment growth without imposing additional taxes and long-term debt on taxpayers.
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    No, Fix the Roads First: How N.C. has taken transportation out of transportation policy

    posted October 17, 2007 by Daren Bakst
    The Minneapolis I-35 bridge disaster and the poor condition of North Carolina’s bridges should be a wake-up call for policymakers to set sensible priorities for transportation policy. N.C. has 17,782 bridges, of which 5,082 (29 percent) are deemed deficient by the federal government. N.C. ranks 32nd in the nation in percentage of deficient bridges — 10th worst in total number of deficient bridges.
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    Gates County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Gates County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $2.5 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
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    Henderson County doesn’t need a land-transfer tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Henderson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a 200 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax on November 6. But the county has about $19.6 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.
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    Sampson County doesn’t need a sales tax increase

    posted October 4, 2007 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Sampson County commissioners are asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase on November 6. But the county has about $15.5 million over and above its base budget to meet its needs.

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