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The big loser is the Village of Pinehurst. How much did it cost the taxpayers for the many lawyers that this effort took? Imagine, appointing a board then suing the board because you don't like their decisions. Who would want to be on any board in this town?
Do the math again. $4,000 is not the total amount of taxes the property owners pay, just the incremental amount. So the property owners pay $22,400 in regular village tax (at a 0.28 per $100 of valuation) and additional $4,000 for the special district. And remember this is just the village tax, the county tax bill is much higher(an additional .485 per $100 on top of this). So their total tax rate is $0.815 per $100 of valuation. So if $0.05 yields $4,000, then $0.815 gives a total tax bill for the 25 owners of $65,200. Divided by 25 means each property owner pays an average of $2,608. An assessed valuation of $320,000 at a tax rate of $0.815 is $2,608. The total assessed valuation for all property owners is about $8,000,000. You forgot the .05 is per $100 of valuation. You are slightly off. Back to school!
I hope Mr. Davenport makes a go of the store. Sounds like a hard working dedicated individual. But, I would expect all the people who write all those hate letters about our current big government would argue against all these grants coming into Moore county. Small businesses, large business parks, taverns and breweries, agricultural payments, etc. Not a week goes by without an article or two in the paper about some new grant or government funding of some activity in the county. Where is all the out-crying about big government? Everyone has their hand out, its not just the poor and downtrodden getting their fill at the trough.
Second the sentiment of WCS. Sounds like a lot of hot air. But we have come to expect this from these groups. Full of nonsensical rhetoric. How much of our tax payer's money is going into this Partners in Progress and what do we really have to show from it. Seems like the Chamber of Commerce can do a better job. Show us one concrete example of a job they have created (not the job of executive director of their own organization), and not something someone else did and they claim credit. I'll bet they cant.
The odd thing about hiring this consultant is that there has been no publicly defined reason, project, or agenda or task for the consultant. Just more money flowing out of the Village. Strange they say the consultant will consult on the downtown project when they already refused to change any plans when the Historic Commission refused to approve the plans. What would the consultant do in the face of a group that refuses to even respect its own appointed commission? Seems like another waste of taxpayer's money. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants and get just about nothing in return. Remember the $34,000 study last spring on the performing arts center that resulted in nothing. Time for the taxpayers to wake up.
The usual rhetoric we all have come to expect from Mr Levy. Pity he cannot find any good in anything, trashing just about anyone who actually believes in human compassion or a better country. I suppose it's not appropriate to ask those who have benefited from outrageous tax breaks, lobbyist special treatment, and government corporate hand outs to ask what they could do for the country rather than themselves.
And all the usual suspects are at it again (see above and below). Sad state of affairs.
Re the hatred and lies spread by those who despise the President without ever trying to understand the truth: "People can maintain an unshakable faith in any proposition, however absurd, when they are sustained by a community of like-minded believers." Just read all the comments by the trolls entering comments on just about any subject.
It would be far easier just to have the tournament indoors in one of those course simulators where you could dial in varying conditions each day. Now that would be a true test of golf. Just think then just about any pro could enter and they could compete from anywhere in the world.
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