Category Archives: — PASQUOTANK COUNTY

McCrory to Obama: ‘No more Syrian refugees’

RALEIGH – Many North Carolinians applauded Gov. Pat McCrory this week for asking President Obama and the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina. “The brutal murder of people in Paris reminds us that, sadly, terrorists can hide among the innocent,” said Francis De Luca, president of the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute, a nonprofit that espouses a variety of policy solutions from the conservative perspective. “It is vital to halt the influx of Syrians and others from the Middle East until we can ensure none are threats to the people of North Carolina…

Monkeying with incentives not role of good government

PASQUOTANK COUNTY — In June of last year, our County Commissioners considered the question of providing tax incentives to the developers of the shopping center adjacent to Walmart. The developers proposed the question with the unstated suggestion that the failure to approve the incentive might jeopardize the project. The only Commissioner to vote against this proposition was Frankie Meads. The other six members of the Commission Board voted in favor of providing the incentive – a 50/50 split with the City Council — under the presumption that there was too much to lose, or g…

Local debt squeezes tax money from useful priorities

PASQUOTANK COUNTY — In last year’s budget discussions, our commissioners raised our taxes, borrowed nearly $1 million and then dipped into our rainy day fund by an amount that was in the range of $500,000. This paper recently reported that our commissioners were patting each other on the back because they had reduced the overall debt of the County from $78 million to $54 million — an accomplishment worthy of celebration. Likewise, this improved the credit rating of the County from A- to A. But in the next breath, Commissioner Dixon remarked the change in credit rating would all…

County Commissioners need more clout in directing schools’ capital outlays

PASQUOTANK COUNTY — In the past, the autonomy of school boards in local jurisdictions has become an impediment for Boards of Commissioners to have a say in how taxpayer money for education has been spent. When there was a budget concern, the Commissioners were left out of the school board’s discussion while remaining responsible to the taxpayers for how much tax increase might apply to each budget year. In 2013, House Bill 726 was introduced in the Legislature, which would have given Wake County commissioners the option of managing the school capital expenditures in that county. Th…

Crime and Punishment in Pasquotank County – equal justice?

There were two Sheriff’s Deputies in Pasquotank County who were issued a county credit card for gas purchases in the course of their official duties. Over a period of time, these deputies used the cards to purchase gas for personal vehicles and boats. In the course of a routine audit, the Sheriff’s office determined that the theft had occurred, and the deputies were charged with 10 felonies. The thefts totaled almost $13,000 according to information provided by Pasquotank County Manger Rodney Bunch. These actions occurred in Dare County. One deputy stole $9,817 while the other stole $3…
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