August 30, 2015

Rusty McMahon: Caught With His Facts Down

On August 5 2015, Vance County Commissioner Tommy Hester reported alarmingly in the Dispatch that State Senator Harry Brown’s proposed sales tax redistribution “scheme” will cost Vance County $200,000 next year. On August 4, the day before Hester made his proclamation, the State Senate, in a final 34-12 vote, approved Senator Brown’s sales tax proposal. […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (Board of Commissioners August 3rd 2015)

The six active county commissioners held their regular monthly meeting this past Monday. The meeting was relatively short and much of the normal commissioner rancor. The meeting opened with public comments a nice change especially when the public is present to make meaningful and informed comments. Public Comments Sandra Butler Tubbs, spoke for her five […]

Rusty McMahon: Duplicitous!

Recently, the Dispatch ran a guest column by Tommy Hester, Vance County Commissioner and local developer. Hester masterfully claimed that redistribution of tax revenue is bad and that redistribution of tax revenue is good. Hester claims that a proposed legislative plan would “penalize counties that are the state’s main centers of commerce” by redistributing sales […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (VC BOC July 6th, 2015)

Chairman Taylor gaveled the regular monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to order at fifty-thirty instead of standard six o’clock hour. Vice-Chair Wilder moved to enter into closed session to discuss Economic Development Projects, a Contract Negotiation, and a Personnel Matter. The Chair did not say there would be a formal announcement when the regular session […]

Rusty McMahon: Request for Information on Economic Development

Sent to Interim County Manager Robert Murphy: In order for citizens to formulate and make informed comments at Monday night’s public hearings regarding the Economic Development Incentive Grant and the Economic Development Loan, they must have complete information about each.  They cannot and should not be expected or invited to comment on secret matters that […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (VC BoC Planning Environment and Water Planning)

Our Board of Commissioners has divided their collective responsibilities into committees, each committee headed by an active commissioner. Logically the reason for the committees system is simple. Each commissioner is dependent on the integrity and honesty of fellow commissioners when learning of the voters desires, needs, and wants before making a decision that will affect […]

Richard Brand: Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriages

NOT REQUIRED OF CHURCHES by Rick Brand Now may be a good time to remind ourselves about the two parts to every marriage ceremony. In this country (it is not true in other countries) the “traditional” church wedding was a mixture of state and religion. The minister acted on behalf of the state and united the couple […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (VC BoC June 19th, 2015)

Our Board of Commissioners held a Special Called Meeting this morning. A week ago the only purpose for the meeting was to hold a closed door discussion on a personnel matter. Yesterday approval of the Justice Assistance Grant was formally added to the agenda. This morning a last minute item was added to the agenda. […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council June 15, 2015)

The City Council’s special called meeting on June 15, 2015, was the opportunity for the city’s residence to add their input on the coming year’s budget. Unlike the county commissioners the city council actually holds a separate meeting for the public to comment on the city’s proposed budget before a consensus vote is taken. Unlike […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council June 8th, 2015)

The City Council met Monday night for more than two and half hours. Most of the time was spent in two long public hearings of the four scheduled. Of the four public hearings three were specific to ground based industrial scale solar collectors colloquially called solar farms. (Solar farm is incorrect term. To be a […]