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1% LTF Project Support

By Mike Cross
Posted Thursday, March 17, 2005

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At our legislator meeting, Monday 3/14/05 Bob and Joe said they would "test the water" and get back to us in 2 or 3 weeks.

It's time to go to work! We must give them some "test water".

Nancy is sending the 4 page 1% LTF paper under the cover letter (below) to individual legislators (170), surrounding county Home Builder Assocs., NC HBA and the NC Realtors Assoc.

* We need individuals, citizens groups, civic groups, etc. sending support correspondence to ALL legislators.

* We need local developers, builders and Realtors who are willing to go to Raleigh and talk to legislators.

* We need citizens in the halls--talking to who ever they can--EVERY WEEK UP TO THE VOTE.

I believe sticking to the "regional perspective" angle is our best chance to accomplish our goal...

* good for the "Greater Triangle".

* insures "healthy home builder industry".

* sustained "quality economic growth for the regional community".

The Home Builders and Realtors have successfully blocked such requests for 15 years. We must convince them---this is good for their industry..and it is-so that shouldn't be do difficult.

Patrick and I are presenting to the CC United Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 3/17/05. I'll provide some feedback. Should be lively!

In the attachment are the email addresses for all NC members of the General Assembly.

OK, "Citizen inputers" show us what ya got!

Thanks, Mike

Cover letter to legislators:

The information below addresses a serious "Greater Triangle" issue that is rapidly growing out of hand. I thoroughly understand the opposition history, the "no tax" pledges and the hesitancy of some legislators to approve such a request.

Without this 1% LTF revenue option, I fear the Chatham portion of our regional community will fall far short of what is desired and expected.

Who shoulders this expense can be negotiated between the seller and buyer as it usually is...but the more important issues are:
* this will culminate in a home equity investment. The money is not going anywhere.
* this investment will afford a full service community with a desired high standard of living.
* this will be an investment in our "regional community" and will insure quality economic growth while keeping our home builder industry healthy.

All proposals have their own merit and this one is important to Chatham County and our "regional community".

I trust you will review this material carefully and consider the consequences we face.

Your help is very much needed!

Mike Cross,
Chatham County Commissioner

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