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The pork quarry

By Nick Meyer
Posted Monday, September 18, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Thanks to Mr. Galin for pointing out the porcine proposal of the Board of Commissioners to subsidize the proposed quarry to the tune of $3,000,000 of Chatham County taxpayers' money.

When we can't afford a much needed high school for the NE - three million dollars would have been a good start.

1) Americans, of all our various political persuasions, like to think of government as the supplier of "a level playing field." The Board of Commissioners shouldn't help to destroy one business while subsidizing another wit tax payer money. Tilt!

2) The secrecy of the process violates all the principles of open government. The quarry owners wouldn't have continued their effort, and the Board of Commissioners doesn't come up with a $3 million offer, without previous discussion. Why does public notification only appear at the very end of the process, yet again?

3) As Mr. Galin says well: How do we know that any public interest is being served at all, given the information made available?

I expect my property tax dollars to go to the schools before they subsidize somebody's business.

4) This speaks, directly, to the districting issue. Why does the Board of Commissioners, which obtains half of its tax money from the NE, use $3 million dollars to subsidize a private company, the benefits of whose presence (if any?) only goes to the SE? With district voting Siler
City, with approximately 5,500 voters will get a commissioner's seat, and part of the NE (District 1), with over 10,000 voters will get only one as well. This is grossly unequal. You'll pay for district level pork if you don't get equal representation.

The present Board of Commissioners maintains that we can't afford a much needed high school for the NE - three million dollars would have been a good start. I expect my property tax dollars to go to the schools before they subsidize somebody's business.

We've come to expect this kind of thing out of the old commissioners. Under the proposed new district voting system we can only expect a lot more of the same.

 
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