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May 25, 2005: Legislative Reception -- who's on first?

By Mike Cross
Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2005

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It's still hard to believe but the NC Association of County Commissioners held its legislative reception at the NC Museum of History and the Triangle J Council of Governments held its legislative reception next door at the NC Museum of Natural Science -- yes, at the same time! ... and I was expected to be at both!! ... and to add to the fun, TJCOG also scheduled a Board of Delegates budget meeting immediately following their reception!

Although I met and talked to lots of folks, I managed to totally avoid our legislators during the receptions... but luck prevailed. I stepped outside to "check on my tobacco allotment" just prior to the budget meeting and ran into Representative Hackney as he was departing the NCACC reception. He was very congratulatory towards our efforts on the 1% Land Transfer Tax in that we have gotten it further than it has ever been before! ... but he didn't seem very optimistic as far as actually getting it.

Rumor has it the "crossover" deadline will again be extended. That means we have more time. I'm not ready to think of our effort as "a stepping stone." -- I'm not ready to give up and I hope you aren't! I believe this is possible if we keep the heat up, so throw some fuel on the fire.

I'm told personal attention is rated in this order:

1. Personal phone calls
2. Personal letters
3. e-mail -- there is a good chance many of our emails were "listed" but probably "not read." Resend yours as a personal letter .. and place a call!

I simply cannot see giving this county away and placing the cost of being "host" on our citizens!. Please exercise your right to be heard!

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May 25, 2005: Legislative Reception -- who's on first?
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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