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    Does Polk need a land-transfer tax increase?

    posted October 13, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Polk County commissioners are asking county residents to approve a sale-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies over $11 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — almost 12 times the amount that the proposed land-transfer tax increase is estimated to produce.
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    Does Chowan need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 13, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Chowan County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies almost $4.5 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than 14 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
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    Does Cherokee need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 9, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Cherokee County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies nearly $10 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — over 11 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
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    Does Columbus need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 9, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Columbus County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies nearly $14.2 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — almost 15 times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
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    Does Guilford need a sales tax increase?

    posted October 9, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    The Guilford County commissioners are asking voters to approve a sales-tax increase on November 4. This report identifies nearly $65.3 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — more than four times the amount that the proposed tax increase would produce.
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    Does Tyrrell need a land-transfer tax increase?

    posted October 9, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    For the second time, the Tyrrell County commissioners are asking county residents to approve a tripling of the land-transfer tax (from 0.2 to 0.6 percent), this time on November 4. This report identifies over $6.4 million in revenue and savings the county could use to meet its needs — almost nine times the amount that the proposed land-transfer tax increase is estimated to produce.
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    Charlotte’s LYNX Line: A Preliminary Assessment

    posted October 5, 2008 by Dr. David Hartgen
    Dr. David Hartgen analyzes the Charlotte LYNX Line, finding, among other things, that final LYNX construction costs are about $521.9 million, about 130 percent above the initial estimate ($227 million), operating costs are about $9.22 million/year, and revenues are averaging about 31 percent of operating costs.
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    Private Well Regulation: A Real Possibility for North Carolinians

    posted September 30, 2008 by Daren Bakst
    Despite claims to the contrary, North Carolina’s new drought management bill does not expressly prohibit the regulation of water use from private wells. In fact, the bill likely authorizes regulation of water use from private wells.
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    Performance Pay for Teachers: Increasing Student Achievement in Schools with Critical Needs

    posted September 22, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2006, in recognition of the need to attract and retain experienced administrators and teachers who teach subjects (Math and English/Language Arts) that are part of the state and federal accountability requirements, Guilford County Schools, the third largest school system in North Carolina, initiated Mission Possible. The program offers recruitment and performance incentives for teachers and administrators who teach in the county’s low-performing and low-income schools.

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