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Chatham County man charged with failure to pay state taxes[May 28, 2015]
A Chatham County man was arrested Tuesday on one felony and four misdemeanor tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Ralph Richard Lasater, 70, of 96 Garden Trace Lane, Pittsboro, was charged on May 26, 2015 with one count of Embezzlement of State Property and four counts of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.
Chatham County’s proposed budget holds line on tax rate[May 6, 2015]
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.
Chatham County needs Board of Adjustment applicants from western part of the county[May 6, 2015]
On May 18, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners will be creating a Board of Adjustment that will assume the role of hearing and deciding upon appeals and variances of county land use and development regulations. The county has received several applications, but needs some from the western part of the county. The extended deadline to apply is by 8 am on Monday, May 11, 2015.
Chatham residents can expect property appraiser visits[May 4, 2015]
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.”
Chatham County seeks applicants for Recreation Advisory Committee[Apr. 28, 2015]
Chatham County has two vacancies on its Recreation Advisory Committee, which advises the Board of Commissioners and staff on recreation programs and county-owned recreation and park facilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2015, and county commissioners likely would make the appointment in June.
Residents near Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant to receive replacement KI tablets[Apr. 21, 2015]
The Chatham County Public Health Department will be mailing out a new supply of Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets for people within the 10-mile radius of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant within the next two weeks. This distribution is part of a shared preparedness planning effort by Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Wake counties. This supply will replace any expired KI tablets that residents may have or for residents that did not receive tablets in the last distribution.
Chatham Trades needs applicants for Board of Directors[Apr. 21, 2015]
Chatham Trades, a nonprofit partner of Chatham County government, provides employment and training for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chatham Trades seek residents from all parts of the county to fill one of several vacancies on its Board of Directors.
Chatham’s 9-1-1 center earns top award and nationwide certification[Apr. 20, 2015]
Chatham County’s 9-1-1 Communications Center has successfully implemented new emergency response programs that have resulted in international accreditation and an award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center will be recognized in late April at a national conference.
Chatham County seeks applicants for new Board of Adjustment[Mar. 18, 2015]
On March 16, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a Board of Adjustment that will assume the role of hearing and deciding upon appeals and variances of county land use and development regulations. In the past, the Board of Commissioners had filled the role of Board of Adjustment, but over the past year had been considering the creation of a separate board to handle these duties. The Board of Adjustment only meets as needed, usually not more than a couple of times a year.
Siler City rezones Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site[Mar. 17, 2015]
The Siler City Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Monday, March 16 meeting to approve a request by the property owners to rezone the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site. Previously zoned agricultural-residential (A-R), the 1,818-acre site is now heavy-industrial (H-I).
Chatham Senior Center needs hearing aid users for mentoring program[Mar. 13, 2015]
Chatham County's Eastern Senior Center in Pittsboro has partnered with the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing to provide individual support for new hearing aid users, but experienced hearing aid users also are needed to serve as mentors.
Postponement of joint transportation facility groundbreaking[Feb. 15, 2015]
Due to extremely cold weather on Monday, the groundbreaking for the new Joint Transportation Facility scheduled for that day (February 16) will be rescheduled. The school system also may be busy with preparations for wintry weather that may arrive on Tuesday.
Chatham Commissioners declare February Spay/Neuter Awareness Month[Feb. 7, 2015]
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution designating February 2015 as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. The resolution, which was adopted January 20th, recognizes the challenges associated with pet overpopulation, stating that “humane societies and animal shelters have to put down millions of cat, dogs, rabbits and other animals each year, many of whom are healthy and adoptable, due to a lack of critical resources and public awareness.”
Chatham Council on Aging expands storage of equipment that helps many[Feb. 5, 2015]
"Thank you for the use of the mattress for my Dad and for all the help you have given both my Mom and Dad." "I am a diabetic and both of my legs and feet were in very bad shape. I knew I would soon lose them-they were so swollen and infected. Within two weeks of receiving the wheelchair from you, a 'miracle.'" These statements represent a few of the many expressions of thanks from seniors and their families who have benefited from the equipment that the Chatham County Council on Aging makes available.
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