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What's going on in your back yard?

It's campaign season locally. I'm having a hard time getting into it. The realtor's association has anti home and land tax signs up. Local Republican government wants the transfer tax, but no telling how the voters will go. I have a lot to learn about Union County politics.

Does anyone else have the transfer tax on the ballot? Anyone? Everyone?



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Here in Orange County, it will be on the May, 2008 ballot. It appears the BOCC will put both the .4% transfer tax and the .25% sales tax options on the ballot. If only one passes, they'll take that one. If both pass, they will choose and my guess is they will choose the transfer tax, which I hope they do (and I'm a Realtor).

Good to see you here Paul.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

We've got the land transfer tax

and a school bond issue on the ballot in November. The bond issue is for both the public schools and the community college.

There hasn't been a lot of coverage in the local paper about it, because Pinehurst is electing a new council and mayor. It's a pretty bitter fight, and it's gotten fairly personal.

Most municipalities in Moore County are electing new folks - the largest is Southern Pines. It should be an interesting race between Mike Haney and Chris Smithson. They're both current council members. Our own Momoaizo is attempting to put together a virtual town hall between the two, either on her blog, or something separate set up by the Pilot. It should be interesting.

My private advocacy world will be caught up in handing out Howard Coble's phone number to everyone I know and asking them to call him by tomorrow night and tell him to help overturn the S-CHIP veto. He says he's not going to change his vote. Since he allegedly has Democratic challengers, perhaps they will step up and call him on it. (HINT).

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

We had neither tax options on our local ballot

as it was just a municipal election in Roxboro. We had good results with our city goverment going from 50% dem to 80%. Males me more of a believer in going door to door. "All politics is local".

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Hiya Betsy

Long time, no see, y'all. I've been all local, all the time lately over at Scrutiny Hooligans. Our City Council race in Asheville has boiled down to a choice between the Real Estate Republicans' candidates and the Progressives. Here's a snippet from a post at ScruHoo:

"The NC Realtors PAC is the largest political action committee in the state. Operated out of Raleigh, the group exists to further the good fortunes of real estate agents, developers, and other allies. They had over $750,000 on hand at the end of the last reporting quarter, and they’ve dropped a great deal of money into our very own race for Asheville City Council. Dwight Butner and Bill Russell each received $2,400 from NCRPAC. The PAC offered the same amount to Jan Davis, but “Davis turned down the money, saying he did not want to accept cash from PACs. Butrum said Realtors instead gave Davis the money as individuals.”

Those “individuals” certainly came through for Davis (Butrum - $250, Morisani - $250, Butler - $250, McClinton - $200, Thrash - $100, Israel - $250, Franklin - $250, Fawcett - $250, Duncan - $250, etc.). All of the above donors are listed on Davis’ financial reports as developers, appraisers, or realtors. Bruce Alexander, “Builder”, gave Davis $1,000. Chris Peterson, “property manager”, who’s trying to get twin high-rises built at the old Deal Buick site gave $250. John Spake, “real estate broker”, gave him $200. David Brown, “real estate investor”, gave him $250. There are at least a dozen more people in realty, real estate development, etc. who have donated to Davis’ campaign."

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Hiya Gordon

I've missed you.....but I've been away too, so would have missed you even if you had been around.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Even though I am not sure what good a progressive majority is...

When they vote for the Ellington and every other development.

*sigh* at least it is LEED certified (we'll see if this actually happens)

I am looking for the sugar...I need to make some lemonade.

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

16 Counties to vote on Transfer Tax

According to Gerry Cohen at Drafting Musings 17 North Carolina counties planned referendums that include a Transfer Tax. That has since dropped to 16. 11 counties are now holding a referendum on the Transfer Tax option only (Polk deferred until the May primaries). 5 counties are holding a referendum that includes both the Transfer Tax and the Sales Tax options. In addition, 11 counties will be holding a Sales Tax referendum and Mecklenburg County will have a Transit Sales Tax referendum.

Transfer Tax Referendums:

Transfer & Sales Tax Referendums:

Sales Tax Referendums

Oh yeah, Stop The NC Home Ticks

heading out

Gonna go breathe in that clean fresh air and do our 3.25 miles around the cow pastures and chicken houses. Gosh it smells good in the mornings. NOT :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

When I was a kid, my

When I was a kid, my great-grandmother lived across from a cattle yard. I still love that smell. I know. I'm weird.

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin's the chicken houses that will get you

and the cow smell is bad only when they are spraying the manure on the fields on a windy day. Pungent doesn't quite describe how it takes your breath away.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I kind of like 'em

Though you didn't ask me.


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Carteret Co in the 3rd District will have a land transfer tax

of 1% , or a 0.25 sales tax referendum.

It is a very hot button issue there.

Although I am a Congressional Candidate, I have been asked to be prepared to address the issue, should someone ask, when I address the Carteret County Association of Home Builders on the 25th of October.

I did a little study. The State, over a three year period, is relieving the county of their present Medicad burden which will result in a net gain to the County. I therefore do not understand their need to have either tax implemented, but they seem determined.

Actually I hope I am not asked about it, but will be prepared in any event.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03


Only Washington County is considering a 1% transfer tax this fall. Out of 7 counties authorized to implement the 1% tax it is the only one not to have exercised that option. Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Pasquotank and Perquimans all have a successful 1% transfer tax. Carteret is among the remaining 93 counties authorized to up to a 0.4% transfer tax (or 0.25% sales tax) subject to voter approval and subsequent commissioner approval. I have not yet heard that Carteret has decided to hold referendum on the 0.4% option.

Stop The NC Home Ticks

It's the county's decision, Marshall

I'm sure you know that, as I'm also sure you know the realtors only want to hear one thing—you're against land transfer taxes. But here's your escape clause: one of the main reasons you want to go to Congress is to help restore power to the people. That includes the people who have been elected by the other people to manage things on a local basis.

This is what they want to do:

They may need/want a transfer tax to make it happen, but that should be up to the people who have to answer to all the people, not just the buyers and sellers of property.

I know, that doesn't help at all. And no, I wouldn't want to stand in front of that group and say what I just typed. :)

Stick with us, Marshall.

You've got the most passionate team that's never met each other that ever existed.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Onslow is putting a sales tax onto May 08's ballot

I think the theory on County's establishing a new tax (whether land transfer or sales) is based on the idea that the State is relieving Counties of their MedicAID burden as well as a portion of the sales tax revenue.

Thomas S. Brock

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