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How should Graham spend its windfall of federal dollars?

Graham city council members have met for four hours last week, trying to decide how they should designate projects to be paid with about $4.98 million in special ARPA...

“Whack-a-mole” in Elon

Sometimes with local governments and their elected officials – and the need to hold them to the state’s requirements for open government – we sometimes feel like we’re playing...

Well, now it’s obvious – Officials: “we don’t care what you think”

Rarely does the public get such a close and first-hand look at the dismissive attitude some officials have toward the public they ostensibly serve. But Burlington’s planning board gave a...

Backroom deals are never a good idea in local government

Backroom deals are never a good idea in local government We’ve tried over many years to hold local public bodies to the open government (and thereby, good government) standard to...

Thousands for bureaucrats but not a penny for taxpayers

We were disheartened by the latest rhetoric at this week’s county commissioners meeting as commissioners began wringing their hands about not having enough money to cut the property tax...

Burlington looking to fritter away surplus that should go to taxpayers

It’s not just county taxpayers who are getting the short end of the budget stick (see editorial comments above). Burlington city councilmen are contemplating how they should fritter away $10.5...

Haw River shows self-serving philosophy from manager to council members

We always hate to see politicians and other public officials feather their own nests with taxpayer dollars. No where is that phenomenon more repugnant than when politicians decide to hike...

It’s high time to remember taxpayers – and cut the property tax rate

County commissioners and every other local city council and board of aldermen have been on a spending spree on behalf of their own employees, granting raises left and right. Bonuses,...

Mebane: prioritizing city bureaucrats over taxpayers – as usual

Mebane city manager Chris Rollins unveiled his proposed budget for the city this week.  And it’s a real whopper in terms of spending levels and spending priorities. First some caveats. ...

What’s the purpose of county government?

We’ve become convinced that many of the people attending the semi-monthly county commissioners’ meetings of late – especially those with their hands out to seek taxpayer funding of one...

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