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Chatham residents may qualify for free tax filing help
[Jan. 24, 2015] Chatham County encourages income-eligible residents to avoid unnecessary fees this tax season by relying on RSVP-VITA tax preparation service. All VITA services include FREE electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns. The IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin its free service on February 2, 2015, for Chatham and Orange counties. VITA is available to clients with low to moderate income, regardless of age or county residency, as long as eligibility guidelines are met.
 
Chatham's 9-1-1 lead trainer wins top state award
[Jan. 22, 2015] Tracy Baldwin, who is the lead trainer for Chatham County’s 911 Communications, recently received the award as 2014 Communications Training Officer of the Year from the North Carolina Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association.
 
Chatham County again earns nationwide budget and audit awards
[Jan. 21, 2015] Chatham County continues its success in gaining recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a nationwide organization, for meeting top standards for both budget presentation and comprehensive audit reports.
 
Recycle your real Christmas tree from December 29 - January 16Recycle your real Christmas tree from December 29 - January 16
[Dec. 28, 2014] The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is offering free Christmas Tree Recycling at the Main Facility for a limited time. County residents may bring their real trees on the following dates at no charge: December 29, 30, 3, January 2, 5-9, 12-16 from 7 am to 3:30 pm.
 
Chatham commissioners oppose Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal plansChatham commissioners oppose Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal plans
[Dec. 22, 2014] At its meeting on Dec. 15, 2014, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing Duke Energy’s current plan to dispose of millions of tons of coal ash at the Brickhaven Mine in Moncure and a second mine in Sanford.
 
Chatham workshop slated for nonprofits applying for United Way and county grantsChatham workshop slated for nonprofits applying for United Way and county grants
[Dec. 21, 2014] Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County have a combined application process for awarding grants to area nonprofits interested in securing funding to support local programs and services. Nonprofit representatives can learn more about the application process by attending a workshop scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 10 am to noon in the Holmes Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library, located on the campus of the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. By Debra Henzey
 
Latest statistics show Chatham is out-aging the stateLatest statistics show Chatham is out-aging the state
[Dec. 20, 2014] Based on recently released reports from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, Chatham County continues to outpace the state with its aging population. At the same time, state and federal funding for senior services has been declining. As of 2013, nearly three in ten Chatham residents (29 percent) were age 60 or older, as compared to 20 percent statewide. Between 2013 and 2033, Chatham's older population is projected to grow by 80 percent, compared to North Carolina's increase of 58 percent. Even more dramatic is the projected growth of the population aged 85 and older, because Chatham is expecting a 152 percent increase compared to 88 percent statewide.
 
CCCC and Chatham County host Citizens’ College starting January 29CCCC and Chatham County host Citizens’ College starting January 29
[Dec. 20, 2014] Do you want to know more about the Chatham County community you live or work in? For example, what is the role of local government in providing important services and programs? How are public schools managed? How can I learn all this and earn continuing education credits too? Anyone interested in learning more about county and town government is invited to enroll in Chatham County Citizens’ College, offered through the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). The program is offered jointly with Chatham County government. By Debra Henzey
 
Board of Elections regular meeting rescheduledBoard of Elections regular meeting rescheduled
[Dec. 13, 2014] The Chatham County Board of Elections meeting - regularly held on the third Tuesday of each month has been rescheduled for the month of December. The regular meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, December 19th at 11 am.
 
Chatham County seeks applicants for planning board vacanciesChatham County seeks applicants for planning board vacancies
[Dec. 13, 2014] Chatham County's Board of Commissioners invites residents interested in serving on the Chatham County Planning Board to submit an application to fill several vacancies no later than Friday, December 19, 2014. The Planning Board advises the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues. Terms are four years unless filling an unexpired vacancy.
 
Chatham County seeks input on proposed FY 16-22 capital improvement planChatham County seeks input on proposed FY 16-22 capital improvement plan
[Nov. 20, 2014] On November 17, the Chatham County Manager's Office presented a proposed seven-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for 2016-22 that includes revisions to projects already in the CIP and newly funded projects, including an expansion and renovation of the Animal Shelter and several school projects. Residents can provide feedback at a public hearing on Dec. 1, 2014 at 6 pm in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro. Copies of the proposed CIP are available on the county website
 
Chatham's AAA bond rating puts county in select groupChatham's AAA bond rating puts county in select group
[Oct. 26, 2014] The week of October 14 brought great news for Chatham County from the two major bond rating agencies announcing upgraded bond ratings, including the highest rating of AAA from Standard and Poor's. The higher ratings mean lower interest rates for bonds on projects like the new Agriculture & Conference Center. The good news also means that Chatham is in the select company of a few much larger counties. Only eight other much larger counties in the state and 89 counties in the entire nation had earned a AAA rating from Standard and Poor's, as of 2013 Census reports.
Also: Video of AAA rating news
 
Chatham county's One Stop voting schedules and informationChatham county's One Stop voting schedules and information
[Oct. 26, 2014] Early voting started this past Thursday, October 23 at four sites in Chatham County. The main polling place is the Board of Elections Offices at 984 Thompson Street in Pittsboro, NC. Hours of operation are between Thursday, October 23, 2014- Saturday, November 1, 2014. 7 AM-7 PM weekdays, 8 AM-6 PM Saturday, October 25, 8 AM-1 PM Saturday, November 1.
 
Chatham Board of Commissioners meeting agenda - 10/20/14Chatham Board of Commissioners meeting agenda - 10/20/14
[Oct. 20, 2014] The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, October 20 at the historic Chatham County courthouse courtroom in Pittsboro, NC.
Also: Official Chatham County, NC
 
Chatham Council on Aging seeks input on issues affecting seniorsChatham Council on Aging seeks input on issues affecting seniors
[Sep. 28, 2014] The Chatham County Council on Aging reports success in finding "A Few Good Men...and Women" to play vital roles as volunteers to advise the Council and also serve as a strong voice for Chatham seniors at the state and regional levels. This team is also seeking input from residents on issues affecting our seniors. If you have ideas that you would like to share with these advocates for older residents, please write a note to the attention of the "Chatham Advocacy for Seniors Team (CAST)" and deliver it to our Eastern or Western Chatham Senior Center. By Debra Henzey

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