Pilot Light: County Plans Budget Forums
Two public forums on the 2010-2011 budget are planned by the Moore County administration.
County Manager Cary McSwain and key staff members will be available to describe the budget-making process and answer questions from the public at quorums scheduled April 8 and April 22.
The first will be at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Senior Enrichment Center on U.S. 15-501, two miles north of the Pinehurst Traffic Circle. The second will be at 7 p.m. April 22 at Davis Community Center on N.C. 705 near Robbins.
Both forums will be informal, with most of the time devoted to questions and answers, according to Eli Arroyo-Allen, county public information officer. Additional information is available by calling the county administrative office at (910) 947-6363.
TAYLOR - Dr. James Taylor, a Republican candidate for the 6th District seat in the U.S. Congress, has released a statement calling on North Carolina to join other states in efforts to repeal the health-care bill passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Obama.
"I would hope that the legislature of North Carolina would move forward in protecting North Carolina's citizens and businesses from federal mandates to purchase insurance," Taylor said. "Our unemployment rate in N.C. is nearly 12 percent, and we simply cannot afford this unconstitutional legislation and unfunded mandates."
Taylor, who lives in Southern Pines, is among five Republicans challenging incumbent Republican Howard Coble in the May primary.
CENSUS SAFETY - The U.S. Census Bureau has issued a public safety notice for the benefit of residents who will receive personal visits from census takers in coming weeks.
William W. Hatcher, regional director for the U.S. Census Bureau, said census employees will wear identification badges bearing the words "U.S. Department of Commerce," the name of the census taker and the words "U.S. Census Bureau." A census taker will also carry a black bag with the words "U.S. Census Bureau" written on it.
Hatcher said the authorized census taker will provide supervisor contact information and/or the local census office telephone number when such information is requested. The resident may call this number to verify that the person at the door is indeed a sworn census employee.
Sworn census takers are authorized only to ask questions that appear on the 2010 census form. Hatcher emphasizes that they do not ask for donations, bank account numbers, the amount of money in the house, Social Security numbers or credit card numbers, nor do they ask citizenship status.
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