Proposed city budget contains new taxes on utilities

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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The $210,445,840 proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year discussed Tuesday during the Committee of the Whole meeting would pass along a loss in city revenue to utility customers in the form of a new tax.

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slave2dalightbill political un-educated mouth piece

You refer to yourself as "slave2dalightbill" but you are really a "slave for the deceitful politicians of NC. They are accomplishing their mission through un-educated folks like you. They get to spread their lies and boost their agenda by "pimping" foolish un-educated folks like you. Do you know the reason why voting cards are barcoded? I am sure that your un-educated un-informed slave mentality does not know. Your political pimps surely are not going to tell you that barcoding is a tracking method used during the voting process that ties your date of birth, name, address, ssn to that voting card barcode number. Keep on believing what the political pimps want you to believe and please don't forget to regurgitate their lies. Some thing did happen twice: OBAMA WON TWICE.

tax increase

I pay city and county taxes but can't vote in city elections. I was told that when the area that I live was annexed in the voting lines were not extended. Does that seem fair?

vote them out then!

The people of Rocky Mount have had several chances to get rid of this very city council and someone keeps voting them in... guess some just vote cause of knowing them or who knows.. cause they are not out for the poor man. Think about your next board... do you want these same RICH No caring people to get that seat again? Stand up and get them out one by one!!!!!

voter Id bill

45,000 democrats voted at least twice in NC during the 2012 election.Kind of hard to win elections that way.

Charles Penny instructed fire chief not to hire whites

Charles Penny is a racist who hates white people. He has instructed the fire chief not to hire white people in the name of diversity.Don't believe me call Charles up and ask him?I hope a white person gets turned down and they sue Mr. Penny and his racist city staff.Thank God I am young enough to move out of this racist town.

Agree !

Charles Penny is a racist and I know this for a fact because I use to work for the city.

Too ignant!

I don't believe that because Charles Penny is smarter than a 5th grader in which it appears you are not!

Dancy

Dancy ! Charles Penny is a wanna be just like you ! Neither one of you could pour pee from a boot with the instructions on the shoe heel !

Go away

Dancy, every time you open yout mouth, your "ignance" shows. Go LIMBAU!!

merita bakery

Maybe Cumimust can organize another boycott at Merita Bakery. How is that working out for this Racist town? Rocky Mount is run by a bunch of black racist!!!

merita bakery

Maybe Cumimust can organize another boycott at Merita Bakery. How is that working out for this Racist town? Rocky Mount is run by a bunch of black racist!!!

merita bakery

Maybe Cumimust can organize another boycott at Merita Bakery. How is that working out for this Racist town? Rocky Mount is run by a bunch of black racist!!!

merita bakery

Maybe Cumimust can organize another boycott at Merita Bakery. How is that working out for this Racist town? Rocky Mount is run by a bunch of black racist!!!

tax increase

This is just the start of tax increases. We can't pay for recycle carts and need to borrow the money from another fund. How will we ever be able to handle the expense of the event center. I live on the Edgecombe side of town and I think it is crazy to put the taxpayers in all this debt regardless of where it is built. Our city council and town manager will be long gone when the bills start piling up.They could care less about our future. I also agree too many city employees with nothing to do.

Taxed by the GOP

For those of you who voted for the GOP controlled legislature, how are you liking things now? And for all of the republican apologists out there who doubt this, here is the statute: 105-116. (Repealed effective July 1, 2014) Franchise or privilege tax on electric power, water, and sewerage companies. (a) Tax. - An annual franchise or privilege tax is imposed on the following: (1) An electric power company engaged in the business of furnishing electricity, electric lights, current, or power. (2), (2a) Repealed by Session Laws 1998-22, s. 2, effective July 1, 1999. (3) A water company engaged in owning or operating a water system subject to regulation by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. (4) A public sewerage company engaged in owning or operating a public sewerage system.

Read the Bill

Do you really think I would put it on the comment section if I were not familiar with the Bill. Look at it closely, it does not state that the user should be taxed, it states the companies should be taxed. As usual, most companies will pass it on, however. if this city wished to help its citizens concerning utilitiy rates they could easily reduce the budget to offset that tax temporarily until the rates are reduced. That will never happen because this city is spending not only every dime it can, but even the dime we don't have!

Placing the blame elswhere

It appears that Penny is attempting to place blame for the increase on the Republican controlled State Government by way of a State sales tax on utilities. Because of the size of the Rocky Mount Budget and the opposition to the Event Center and an increase in taxes to pay for it, he places the blame on another agency as mandatory. This man is ruthless and should be removed from office. Just wait, there is probably more to come!

Truth

You don't know what you are talking about. There is no blame game only the truth is passed on.

Know more

Thanks for the comment. If you believe what Penny says, then you are either A full fledge Progressive who does not see any thing other than the end of your nose. At least the sales tax will tax anyone who uses them rarther than a property Taz which will only tax those who own property. Penny could solve the problem by reducing the busdget and cutting out some of the increases he is seeking for city employees. The idea that he claims they must be increased to keep them here is obsurd. Only a fool would come to this city with the problems it has. So it must be obvious that cuts in budgets is out of the question. we might have to give up a dog park or a civic center. Now that would really hurt Penny's ego!

Talk

About being doubled tongued. The city council just last week praised the talk of Duke bailing their as out Elct. City and how that should save us money and Knight even took a trip on the tax payers money to attend that meeting and now they are going to raise the rate that's already high as a pile of stinky schitt that people can't pay. I want to know how the council voted on this tax increase or was there a vote. Where is that watch dog group called "Community Council"? What are they going to do? They were vocal in the "Charles Penny Event Center" (Retirement check). Will the Community Council stand to be seen, speak to be heard or sit down and get out the way so that the city council can do business as they want.

annexation

Bunn Farm has been in the City of Rocky Mount for several years now. Rocky Mount has collected city taxes from them. Rocky Mount has provided no services and now, they question the need for an agreement with Red Oak to provide fire protection? Again, the City of Rocky Mount has proven that they are only in it for the money. Bunn Farm residents should seek action from the Attorney General against the City for fraud. Rocky Mount needs help from people who know how to run a business. Charles Penny needs to be fired and a real manager needs to be hired. Raising taxes is not the answer. Management of resources, including the reduction of the workforce needs to be considered. We have far too many people in city government working against the people in this city. Rocky Mount has far to many City Employees for a town this size. The inspections department is as big now or bigger than it was when building was booming. Get rid of some of the inspectors, especially in the code enforcement department. We have too many people riding the streets and burning gas looking for high grass and junky yards. Get rid of those folks and you can provide Bunn Farm with a fire department.

very good point

If I lived in Bunn Farm I would be outraged. Maybe if a few more blacks move in to Bunn Farm the racist Penny would fill compelled to provide fire protection.

very good point

If I lived in Bunn Farm I would be outraged. Maybe if a few more blacks move in to Bunn Farm the racist Penny would fill compelled to provide fire protection.

Government as usual!

Well it seems the city manager and the CITY COUNCIL has learned well from the Current Federal Administration.Tax paying citizens have no protection fron their elected government who can tax and spend at will with no check from their constituents.Where in the private sector do you see this kind of salary increases yet your City Council deems it ok at your expense! Look out Rocky Mount the EVENT CENTER is next!

There is your answer !

You want to know how they are going to get the extra money to pay for their new civic center? There is the answer! And rest assure more taxes to come and higher utility bills. But that is your city council and city manager working for you !!!!!!!!!!

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