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    Get the Math Right: Columbus County leaders are wrong about proposed tax hike’s size, need

    posted October 12, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Columbus County commissioners are overselling the value of a proposed tax increase to voters by at least $300,000. County commissioners have repeatedly said the new quarter-cent sales tax increase would raise $1.0 million, but recent county estimates suggest the tax would bring in about $700,000. That would be equivalent to a 2.2-cent property tax rate increase.
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    Strike Four? Despite three strikes on tax hikes, Harnett County officials try again

    posted October 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Harnett County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $1.2 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. This amount is equal to a property tax increase of 1.8 cents per hundred dollars of value. This is the third time county officials have sought a higher sales tax and the fourth vote on higher taxes since 2007. Voters soundly rejected each of the earlier attempts.
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    A Question of Trust: Alamance County commissioners don’t trust voters; can voters trust them?

    posted October 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Alamance County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $2.4 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. This amount is equal to a property tax increase of 1.9 cents per hundred dollars of value. The three commissioners who supported the tax hike rejected a public hearing on the referendum.
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    Tax Hike in Person Would Be Bad for Small Business: Three of Five Commissioners Agree

    posted October 10, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Person County commissioners are asking county voters to approve a $675,000 tax increase at a time of high unemployment. This amount is equal to a property tax increase of 1.8 cents per hundred dollars of value. The commissioners voted 3-to-2 to put the tax increase to a vote of the people, but three commissioners expressed concerns that this tax increase would harm Person County small businesses during this weak economy.
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    An Unnecessary Tax Hike: Bladen commissioners go back on their ‘No Tax Increase’ promise

    posted October 6, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Bladen county commissioners are asking voters to approve a $375,000 tax increase. Commissioners are asking for a tax increase while ignoring the county manager’s proposed fiscal year 2011 budget that fulfills the commissioners’ “No Tax Increase” pledge. Bladen County schools have adequate funding from federal, state, and lottery sources; in fact, federal funds alone bring in three times the amount received from the tax increase.
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    Third Time’s Not the Charm: Guilford County still needs better spending, not higher taxes

    posted October 5, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Guilford county commissioners are asking for an $11.6 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. In 2008, they twice asked voters to pass a tax increase, but by large majorities, the voters turned them down. To illustrate the commissioner’s inability to manage spending and the debt, the county will exceed its debt guideline every year from 2012 to 2016.
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    Orange Crush: Tax hike would crush taxpayers and county economy

    posted October 4, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Orange County commissioners are asking voters for a $2.3 million tax increase at a time of high unemployment. Since the special county taxing authority was established by the legislature in 2007, voters have turned down 68 of 85 requests for tax increases, sending the message that county commissioners must be more responsible stewards of taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
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    Deregulating Health Insurance and Health Providers in North Carolina

    posted August 24, 2010 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina policymakers should eliminate provider licensing, certificate-of-need laws, and mandated health insurance benefits. Short of this, the state can accept alternative forms of credentialing and ensure consumers have the right to purchase optional benefits at additional cost. These regulations limit access to health care providers and health insurance by artificially constraining markets.
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    Boone-Doggle: Watauga County’s proposed $1.9 million tax increase

    posted August 17, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Watauga County commissioners want voters to approve a $1.9 million sales tax increase to build new recreational facilities. If past is prologue, this new money will not be spent wisely. Watauga County commissioners recently approved the most expensive high school ever built in the state, and they did so without a vote of taxpayers.
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    Robeson County’s Vote to Increase the Sales Tax: Would you buy a used car from these guys?

    posted July 27, 2010 by Cameron Lambe, Joseph Coletti, Dr. Michael Sanera
    Robeson County officials want a quarter-cent sales tax hike and promise a two-cent reduction in the property tax rate. The net effect would be like a two-cent property tax hike, since the sales tax increases would bring in an additional $2.3 million a year, while the reduction in property tax revenues would be only $1.2 million. Robeson County taxpayers have already been hit with a two-cent tax increase with revaluation, so a vote to approve the sales-tax hike would mean a $2.3 million tax increase from last year.

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