Where’s the fat in Buncombe County’s budget?

On Jan. 10, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners held a “continued meeting” to discuss the results of a countywide compensation study. Although the report only looked at five job classes within the Human Services Department, the study broadly concluded that Buncombe pay is in line with larger North Carolina counties. An earlier study on […]

Fight for freedom without and within

When I first read the letter “Channeling Your Inner Revolutionary” [Feb. 9 Xpress], I wondered if Norman Plombe has external rules in his home, his house, or with his children. I suspect there must be some. Most rules are made to help life run more smoothly. Structures in their best design are aimed at increasing […]

Wal-Mart challenged by N.C. tax authorities

The Wall Street Journal reports that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has used a complicated property-ownership scheme to duck taxes in 25 states, including North Carolina. A story in the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal says that “North Carolina tax authorities are challenging Wal-Mart, saying its REIT strategy was intended to ‘distort [the company’s] true net income,’ according to its filings in the case in Superior Court in Raleigh, N.C.”