Teaser Moore County commissioners

Moore County commissioners will convene a semi-annual retreat Wednesday to discuss school and other capital projects, the hotel room occupancy tax and economic development.

The daylong special meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the community room in the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center in Carthage.

The day starts with a review of the planned $20 million nursing facility at Sandhills Community College, which is being financed through voter-approved bonds. The board will also review progress on three new elementary schools for Aberdeen, Southern Pines and Pinehurst. They too are being financed by $103 million in voter approved bonds. Commissioners will also look at other capital and financial matters for the public schools.

Commissioners will also receive updates on plans for a new courthouse as well as a traffic study on the possibility of closing Dowd Road to accommodate the new facility, and renovations to the old jail to house juveniles.

The morning will conclude with discussions on airport and solid waste operations.

The afternoon session will be devoted to economic development issues. That includes discussion on a tourism development study and a possible increase in the room occupancy tax.

Commissioners will also discuss a recently completed analysis of the cost of providing public services, which found that the county’s growing residential sector does not “pay its own way.”

Contact David Sinclair at (910) 693-2462 or dsinclair@thepilot.com

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ken leary

Commissioners will also discuss a recently completed analysis of the cost of providing public services, which found that the county’s growing residential sector does not “pay its own way.”

Want to explain this gem you stuck on the end of your article. Is the analysis available?

Kent Misegades

The primary job of Commissioners is to spend our tax dollars wisely and use every opportunity to lower taxes and regulations, the best way to strengthen an economy.

On the topics to be discussed:

Schools - it is too late to pursue low-cost options. Now they must deal with cost overruns. More important is what we’re getting for our money. The latest drop in school ratings in Moore County is unacceptable. Please visit the Academy of Moore charter school to learn how to achieve high performance at a fraction of the cost of MCS government schools.

Nursing training facility - why are taxpayers paying for this? First Health is a very profitable business that is building new facilities across the county. They are the prime beneficiaries of a nursing school and ought to be paying for this. Better yet do this through apprenticeships. Forbid SCC from using this as a back-door means to start a four-year nursing degree.

New courthouse and jail - be creative and pursue low-cost options. Do not build another Taj Mahal with our tax dollars.

Economic Development - the best thing here is to lower taxes and regulations and then get out of the way of free markets. Tourism dollars are limited, golf remains in decline and there is great competition for tourism dollars from many other communities. Only industry and farming create wealth.

Residents aren’t paying their way? This is surely true for illegal aliens. Otherwise look at cutting non-essential services and reducing government head count, not increasing taxes, fees and other stealth taxes. For instance, there is no reason for government to be handling trash and recycling as the private sector does this just fine.

One easy way to cut costs - list every activity by the Moore County Government. For any activity for which there exists someone offering the same in the private sector, stop doing this in government at taxpayer expense. This includes schools of course, but getting the government completely out of education will take some time.

Airport - this will continue to remain a money pit as long as it is a government entity aimed at preserving government jobs. A very simple improvement would be to install 24/7 self-service fuel for all aircraft, something found st nearly all other area airports. This lowers the fixed personnel costs of the airport and lowers the cost of fuel to aircraft owners. If you want more of something lower the costs. How is the much-touted aviation program at SCC going? Are the costs to taxpayers exceeded by new tax revenue from all the new pilot training and aviation business eases this was supposed to generate?

Commission must have the backbone to stop wasting tax dollars when activities are not panning out as promised. I’d love to see the budget drop from year to year as failed programs are dropped, low-cost buildings are adopted and as much is moved to the private sector as possible.

Why not sell the airport? There are some terrific private GA airports in the US, for instance Branson, Missouri and Austin, Texas.

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