Protesters Rally for Bond Vote
Opponents of county plans to build a public safety-jail complex in downtown Carthage without a bond referendum held a protest rally Tuesday in Pinehurst.
Dubbed the “Right2Vote” rally, the event was organized by Pinehurst resident John Marcum for residents who opposed the county commissioners’ decision to issue $50 million in limited obligation bonds, a form of financing that does not require a public referendum. They want the county to call for a bond referendum.
The gathering also attracted residents who agree with the majority action of the Moore County Board of Commissioners and a number of people taking a neutral position on the issue.
“The elephant in the room is the economy,” Marcum said during the presentation part of the program.
Marcum, a member of Moore TEA Citizens, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Pinehurst several years ago.
About $40 million of the bond issue is designated for the public safety-jail complex planned on a 21-acre tract in downtown Carthage. A number of Carthage residents also oppose the jail expansion on that site.
The remaining $10 million is to pay for utility capital improvements in Pinehurst, a debt to be paid by ratepayers, not from property taxes.
Bob Levy, chairman of the Moore County Republican Party; Jim Heim, chairman of Moore County Democrats; and Dee Park, who heads Moore TEA Citizens, were invited to address the rally, although they largely steered clear of siding with opponents because of differing views among their members.
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