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Posted Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Siler City, NC - I'll see if I can answer a few of the questions Mary Phyllis Horn raised in a recent Chatham Chatlists.
You say that you have a philosophy of "open, transparent government." You also say that you have been working with the Preston developers on the Chatham Park plans for the past 7 years. Why then, did you not alert us to this monstrous project until just this past spring? It looks like the past 7 years have not been open nor transparent.The information has been available if you wanted to learn about it. You choose your level of involvement in local government affairs. Those who sit in front of the computer reading a forum for all information do not tend to learn about things as quickly as those who put feet on the ground. It's entirely a matter of where your personal priorities lie. Are you saying that the government has colluded to hide the development from you? I don't think that would be an honest characterization of the situation.
Why do you want to change the Pittsboro human demographic? It will change. People coming in will not be of the same mind and preference as we have now.
I have 4 questions for those of you who favor the Chatham Park development coming in: Why aren't you already moving to Cary?
Do you realize that this project will turn us into a carbon copy of Cary?
Do you realize that while our property values will go up, so also will our taxes? (to pay for building infrastructure, increased personnel such as police, fire, tending to infrastructure maintenance, etc.) Why do you want significantly higher taxes?
With all of this fear of Chatham Park, I am reminded of the Californians creeping into to Seattle. People in Seattle HATE people from California because relatively wealthy people from California showed up in Seattle and drove the cost of living up so high that the people who had lived there for a long time and weren't wealthy got pushed out by the rent increases alone. (Don't tell anyone in Seattle that you're from California!)
I recognize, however, that this is nothing like that situation and that trying to equate the two is willfully ignorant of reality. Everything in life is measured in shades of grey, and the real question that needs to be posed is how to balance the interests of everyone and come to a fair compromise. If you choose to stand back and shout on the Chatlist instead of participate directly in the discussions, your interests will not be heard and the final compromise won't lean in your direction at all.
The information has been available if you wanted to learn about it.
You have limited time and limited voice. Use it wisely. I always liked the phrase "work smarter, not harder.
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