Month: May 2015

Chatham County’s proposed budget holds line on tax rate

On May 4, 2015, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented the Board of Commissioners with a proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 (FY16) that keeps the same property tax rate (62.19 cents ), while providing enhanced funding for several key county priorities. The proposal recommends a general fund budget of $99.45 million, up 5 percent over FY15. This is the sixth straight budget year with no property tax increase proposed by the County Manager’s Office, but four fire districts are requesting increased tax rates: North Chatham/Bells Annex, 1.5 cents; Moncure, 1.46 cents; Parkwood, 1.5 cents; and Pittsboro/Circle City, 0.67 cents.

How to Become 8a Certified Seminar on May 7

Pittsboro, NC Upcoming Chatham County Small Business Center Seminar “How to Become 8a Certified” will provide information and steps necessary to enroll in the SBA 8a Program for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans, and those economically disadvantaged. Presenter:…

Chatham residents can expect property appraiser visits

Chatham County property owners can expect to see property appraisers from the Tax Office and Pearson Appraisal visiting their properties over the next year to 18 months. The appraisers are visiting properties as a first step in the revaluation process, according to Tax Administrator Frances Wilson. “Revaluation will not take effect until January 1, 2017, but reappraisal is a key phase,” Wilson said. “We want people to know that appraisers are out in the field. They often will just drive by and take photographs, but sometimes they will need to go on the property to inspect or measure.”

Scandal reveals two cultures at Chapel Hill

Among the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill there are two quite different views of the university’s recent athletic/academic scandal. One powerful element of the faculty, apparently including the Faculty Athletics Committee, shares the view of the administration and trustees that the university has forthrightly addressed the misdeeds of those who created this mess and has ensured that nothing similar will happen again. As the then-chair of the faculty asserted in 2013, “we have implemented policies, procedures, and safeguards that [will allow] us to move forward in our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to…