“I find it appalling that Ms. Van Duyn thinks it wiser to engage a senator that isn’t even from Buncombe County, much less Asheville, to support legislation that isn’t favored by the citizens of our city.”
Putting a referendum on the fate of Asheville’s water system on the November ballot is front and center at tomorrow’s Asheville City Council meeting.
At its Aug. 14 meeting, Asheville City Council will vote on placing a binding referendum on the sale of the city’s water system on the ballot this November.
At a worksession this afternoon, July 30, Asheville City Council directed staff to craft a referendum for November’s ballot asking voters to weigh in on a possible transfer of the Asheville water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District. The city is also communicating with MSD, studying the financial impacts of a merger and trying to arrange a meeting with local legislators. (photo by Max Cooper)
Here’s a copy of Mike Fryar’s letter of complaint to the Board of Elections in regards to the manner in which the Nov. 8, 2011 sales-tax referendum was conducted in Buncombe County. Also, a scanned copy of the check used to pay the costs of holding the referendum as promised by the J.O.B.S. committee that waged the campaign in support of it.
News reporter Jake Frankel talks about the recent Buncombe County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
Xpress news reporter Jake Frankel talks about the razor-thin win of Jan Davis over Lael Gray for Asheville City Council.
The rancor over the quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements at A-B Tech didn’t end when the polls closed on Nov. 8.
Asheville, let’s use our powers for good! Duke Energy wants to raise the rates for homeowners and businesses by about $19 for every 1,000 kilowatt-hours. Let’s look at other numbers. The monthly energy usage of a large place of worship is 83,000 kHw and a small business is 41,000 kwh. This would account for an […]
For 52 years, A-B Tech has provided education, training and re-training to residents of Buncombe County [”School or Scandal? ” Oct. 19 Xpress]. We've done it honestly and accountably, because you deserve nothing less. We're seeking the quarter-cent sales-and-use tax for renovating and expanding A-B Tech's educational facilities for one reason: to prepare our county's […]
As one who has worked in economic and workforce development for many years, I am writing to express my personal and unequivocal support for A-B Tech’s sales-tax referendum in November. A-B Tech provides the support, services and education that our community needs to be economically viable. The funds that will be generated through the quarter-cent […]
In this podcast, Xpress reporter Jake Frankel talks about a recently released report detailing the fundraising efforts of groups on both sides of the proposed 1/4 cent sales tax increase to support A-B Tech.
Supporters of the referendum to raise Buncombe County’s sales-tax by a quarter-cent to fund capital improvements at A-B Tech have a huge fundraising advantage going into the campaign’s final days.
It seems that the vote for the A-B Tech sales-tax increase is occurring at the proper time: when fog and cobwebs cloud our vision [“School or Scandal?” Oct. 19 Xpress]. Is it really the average county resident’s duty to provide money for the school to repair "crumbling staircases" and sidewalks on campus? Are we really […]
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast, reporter Jake Frankel talks about Buncombe County’s proposed—and controversial—1/4 cent sales tax to benefit A-B Tech.
A-B Tech administrators, teachers and students joined with community leaders Sept. 12 to launch “Jobs for the Future,” a campaign on behalf of a 0.25 percent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements at the school. Photos by Jerry Nelson