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1% land transfer tax update and support

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, June 19, 2005

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I'm sure everyone knows by now that our General Assembly "Crossover" date doesn't apply to tax bills and I surely apologize for my misunderstanding of this process

....but that's good-it's NOT OVER! We have concentrated/directed our concerns and desires for the 1% L.T.T. to our House and Senate Finance Chairs with background information to all legislators and our efforts have stirred many positive conversations. However, I simply cannot accept phrases like "really good effort" and "great stepping stone".

If you read the N&O article (6/13) you realize our Realtor opposition still has control over this issue. Most Republicans and MANY Democrats in the House are apparently against ALL TAX BILLS! I'm told that many have actually signed a pledge to oppose!? It is beyond my comprehension that any elected officials, investors, developers, builders or Realtors can argue that the 1% L.T.T. is "bad public policy" and ignore all the success as stated by Perquimans Co., Currituck Co., Pasquotank Co., Dare Co., Chowan Co., and Camden Co. All we're asking is the ability to raise our own revenue to meet our specific needs to grow Chatham County in a responsible manner as part of the Greater Triangle Region...without driving our middle and lower income families out. This is already happening and will continue without the 1% L.T.T. We are way behind the curve and we have to pay for what we have to do. Raising real property taxes will ensure this sad result.

Our state laws and budget process are surely daunting tasks and our legislators certainly deserve our respect and support. The problems we face should be considered part of the State budget associated with local government expense--MASSIVE RESIDENTIAL GROWTH--schools, public facilities, infrastructure, services, Medicaid expense, troublesome provisions for future mental health services, air quality, water quality, etc.--areas where local government can help if allowed revenue options to do so.

I even concede that the 1% L.T.T. may not fit every situation...but it sure fits Chatham County!

I believe that our legislators do have appreciation for our vision, desire and energy to govern ourselves.

Here are the leadership I feel can help us at this point...if they choose to do so!

House of Representatives:

Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Jim Black (Dem.-Mecklenburg Co.) Phone: 919-733-3451
Email: Jimb@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
2304 Legislative Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

His acceptance of our vision and support are extremely important to get our bill passed in the House. Considering how progressive Charlotte/Mecklenburg Co. is, I fear he may not fully appreciate our situation. For example, we have "nothing" to draw big ticket tax contributors to help us build much needed infrastructure to support what's coming.

Representative Bill Culpepper (Dem.) representing (1) Chowan Co. and (2) Dare Co.
Phone: 919-733-2962
Email: Billc@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
404 Legislative Office Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Representative Howard Hunter, Jr. (Dem.) representing (3) Perquimans Co.
Phone: 919-733-2962
Email: Howardh@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
613 Legislative Office Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Representative Bill Owens (Dem.) representing (4) Camden Co., (5) Currituck Co. and (6) Pasquotank Co.
Phone: 919-733-0010
Email: Billo@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
635 Legislative Office Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Senate:

President Pro Tempore, Senator Marc Basnight (Dem.) representing (1) Camden Co., (2) Currituck Co., (3) Dare Co., (4) Pasquotank Co.

Senator Basnight is highly lauded as the legislator most responsible for achieving this success for the six counties who enjoy the 1% L.T.T.

He certainly knows the benefits and his support of our effort is obviously paramount.
Phone: 919-733-6854
Email: Marcb@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
2007 Legislative Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Senator Robert Holoman (Dem.) representing (5) Chowan Co., and (6) Perquimans Co.
Phone: 919-715-3032
Email: Robertho@ncleg.net
Address: North Carolina General Assembly
623 Legislative Office Building
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Our leadership needs our input...and who better than the House Speaker, Senate President and the Legislators representing the "SUCCESSFUL SIX" can speak in support of our effort. These gentlemen have the vision and know the success. We need their help...WE MUST ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

* Personal visits
* Personal phone calls
* Personal letters
* Personal Emails

Our time and action can be the most important investment we ever make in our Chatham. Even if you have contacted them before, let them know we are not giving up!

If you really want to succeed with the 1% L.T.T. then you won't mind the work!

"The important problems we face cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that we had when we created them." Albert Einstein

 
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