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Observations on the Proposed FY15-16 Huntersville Budget

Another Huntersville focused article ahead in case you want to stop reading now. I delivered the remarks below during the public comment session for the proposed FY15-16 budget at the Huntersville Town Board meeting on Monday, May 18. You can view the entire budget here along with the Town Manager’s summary here. I was the […]

May 20, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

CRTPO Representatives – Please Resolve to Delay the Toll Roads in Lake Norman

Dear CRTPO Representative, Who Owns This Divisive I77 Non-Solution? The Governor is pointing his finger at you – the CRTPO – and saying you as the representatives of the Charlotte region asked for the P3 HOT lane solution being imposed on Lake Norman and other managed lane concepts in the Charlotte region (He didn’t mention […]

May 18, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Carpoolers Without Transponder Will Be Charged Toll

For years now we’ve been told that one of the benefits of the I-77 toll lanes is they will encourage carpooling because vehicles with three or more occupants can use the lanes for free. NCDOT’s website proclaims: Speaking of free, there are several ways you can use the express lanes without spending a dime. The […]

May 12, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

HOT Lane Concerns Finally Being Brought to Governor

While Governor Pat McCrory has all but refused to meet with citizens concerned with plans to give a 50 year contract to a foreign company to construct toll roads on I-77, the recent uptick in local opposition has now led to some discussions between McCrory, the NCDOT, and some members of the local General Assembly […]

May 7, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Local Governments Asking for Toll Plan Delays

On Sunday, Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy sent out an email outlining many of his concerns with the proposed HOT lane corridor on I-77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. As a result of his efforts, Cornelius Commissioners on Monday unanimously passed his resolution to ask the State of North Carolina to delay for 90 days the financial close […]

May 6, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

NCDOT Ensures No Improvements on I-77 for 50 Years

The I-77 tolling contract contains a non-compete clause that allows Cintra to be compensated for lost revenues resulting from certain public improvements. Basically, if we add any general purpose interstate lanes we’ll not only pay for construction costs but also whatever revenues Cintra is projected to lose. There are a few exceptions to this. One exception is if […]

May 5, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Random Thoughts From Huntersville

My family relocated to Huntersville from south Charlotte in late 2013 so I’ve not quite been here two years. Below are a few Huntersville-focused random thoughts (à la Thomas Sowell) because I haven’t yet taken the time to turn any of these into full-length articles. – I recently completed Huntersville 101, a nine week civics […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Feds Approve $189M in Bonds for I-77

Today the TIFIA Credit Council met to review Cintra’s proposal for $189 million in taxpayer-backed bonds. Despite the fact that three fourths of toll revenues will go to the NCDOT, despite the fact that the contract has to be amended so key provisions right now are just placeholders, despite two extensions of the deadline at […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Financial Close Postponed… Again….

NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners (the LLC Cintra set up for the private toll lanes) extended the Financial Close deadline another 45 days. The contract signed by Cintra and NCDOT on June 26, 2104 required Cintra to post a $15 million bond which they would forfeit if they did not close on time. The original […]

April 8, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Sales Tax Allocation Changes Could Right a Wrong

Let us assume that taxes should be applied equitably, collected efficiently, and distributed to benefit society in general. If this is true then our NC tax system, designed and controlled by Democrats for generations, fails on all counts. Comes then a Republican legislature in which some have the intent to change this Red Queen system. […]

April 7, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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