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May 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 17:08:38 -0400
From: Lynn Hayes
Subject: Pick a side, people!

Inbox writes:
“Northeast Chatham County is nothing more than Chapel Hill Light, home of the much hyped Chatham Park and Briar Chapel.  Why should the rest of the county be asked to fund (school) improvements needed because of their population influx and for their use?”

This is so ironic.  When those of us in north Chatham were arguing against Briar Chapel, and now arguing against Chatham Park, the people in the West were saying how great these behemoths would be for the county, bringing jobs and economic prosperity.

At the time we were reporting that residential development does not pay for itself, and that property taxes would go up to pay for new schools.  Now the chickens have come home to roost.

This also speaks to the recent discussion about impact fees, the whole purpose of which is to try to defray some of the cost of this influx of population.

Pick a side, people!

best wishes,
Lynn Hayes


Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 09:02:35 -0400
From: inbox
Subject: Re: Proposed 2018 Chatham Budget

From the Chatlist on Wednesday, the proposed tax increase is to fund:

  • A new elementary school in northeast Chatham, slated to open in 2021,
    $30.6 million

and

  • An expansion of the planned new high school in the northeast from an
    initial capacity of 800 students to 1,000 students (maximum capacity of
    1,200 students), slated to open in 2021, an additional $5 million in the CIP

Northeast Chatham County is nothing more than Chapel Hill Light, home of
the much hyped Chatham Park and Briar Chapel.  Why should the rest of the
county be asked to fund (school) improvements needed because of their
population influx and for their use?

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