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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Don't eat the ice cream

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Ice cream first or ice cream for dessert?   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local government budgets | 2017-18 local budgets

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Borrow and spend becomes the new normal

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For a second year in a row, Henderson County commissioners have loaded an ambitious list of capital projects in the buggy and are racing for the checkout line.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local government budgets | 2015-16 capital construction plans | HHS construction plan

Henderson County Business

Bond rater affirms solid forecast for county

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A bond rating service has affirmed ratings of AA- (double-A minus) for Henderson County financing of construction and a rating of AA for general obligation bonds.   Read Story »

Tags: finance | Finance Director Carey McLelland | local government borrowing | local government budgets

Henderson County News

Business briefs: Bank stock, privilege tax, Warm Co., BB&T

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Tags: economic development | local government borrowing | banking | local government budgets

Hendersonville Business

City's fiscal strength earns rating upgrade

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A financial service has upgraded the fiscal strength rating for the city of Hendersonville based on its cash reserves, ability to repay debt and secure lower interest rates for borrowing.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing | local budgets | Lisa White

Henderson County Business

Tax total beats target by $1.75M

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Henderson County took in $1.75 million more in property taxes than its tax assessor projected a year ago, giving county leaders a windfall as they start the new budget year.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets | Henderson County Tax Collector Stan Duncan

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

Hendersonville, Laurel Park raising taxes by 3 cents

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The Hendersonville City Council adopted a 2014-15 budget on Tuesday that raises the tax rate by 3 cents per $100 valuation, an increase city leaders said was needed to cover this year's expanding debt payments and catch up on road paving.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bill capping local taxes would cost city $300,000

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A bill that would cost the city of Hendersonville up to $300,000 in tax revenue is back in the North Carolina General Assembly.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

City Council endorses 3-cent tax increase

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Hendersonville residents would see their property taxes go up by 3 cents — to 44 cents per $100 valuation — under a recommended increase that City Council members endorsed today.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

Courthouse renovation bids come in 25% over budget

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Henderson County officials sent an architect and contractor back to the drawing board after bids for work on the Grove Street courthouse came in 25-30 percent higher than projections.   Read Story »

Tags: construction | local government borrowing | Henderson County Board of Commissioners

Henderson County News

Board signals support for tax cut; pay raise possible

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Last year, Henderson County commissioners killed a proposed tax cut in a 3-2 vote. This is an election year, and it appears the idea has support to pass, especially after all three commissioners who voted no last spring indicated that they will support the 1.4-cent cut this year.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County Politics

Voters choose city leaders, decide bond issue today

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Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. for today's elections.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville Politics

Stephens voted yes then no on $3M fire station contract

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  Hendersonville mayoral candidate Ron Stephens said he didn't remember voting for a $3 million fire station contract and questioned Mayor Barbara Volk's leadership for failing to control spending.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Ron Stephens | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election | Barbara Volk

Henderson County News

County spent less, collected more than budgeted, audit says

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Henderson County underspent its fiscal year 2012-13 budget and received more revenue than projected, an audit said.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Hendersonville News

City Council OKs $6 million bond issue for park

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Hendersonville City Council members on Thursday gave the go-ahead for a $6 million bond issue to develop Berkeley Park and ranked improvements they said residents could expect to see if voters approve the bond issue.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Hendersonville News

City Council to vote on $6 million bond issue

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Hendersonville voters will decide in November whether the city can borrow $6 million to develop Berkeley Park and make other parks and recreation improvements if the City Council approves the steps needed for a referendum.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Conservatives win in budget vote

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Henderson County commissioners invested in public safety and crime prevention, granted a modest public school funding request and made good on an overdue promise to Green River this week as they finished up their work on the 2013-14 budget — all without raising taxes.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins | local government borrowing | local budgets

Hendersonville News

City may reduce fire response to medical calls

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It's a familiar sight, and it's sometimes a head scratcher.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Henderson County Emergency Medical Service | local government borrowing | Henderson County emergency management | local budgets

Henderson County News

City Council kills 3-cent tax increase; OKs bond issue

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The Hendersonville City Council killed a proposed 3-cent tax increase on Friday, voting instead to use reserves to balance the upcoming budget.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

Commissioners set review of $109 million budget

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Henderson County commissioners received a budget proposal Wednesday that keeps the tax rate at 51.36 cents per $100 valuation with an option to lower the rate to 50 cents.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

Proposed city budget would raise taxes, garbage fee, water bills

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The Hendersonville City Council will take up a proposed 2013-14 budget that includes a 3-cent tax increase to cover the debt for its new Sugarloaf Road fire station, a new fire truck and the third phase of the Main Street makeover. The proposal also includes a $2-a-month increase in garbage collection fees, a 2.5 percent increase in water bills and a small surcharge to raise $66,125 for a Mills River watershed protection effort.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing

Hendersonville Business

BB&T to make $6 million loan for fire station, Main Street work

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BB&T won a contract to finance Hendersonville's fire station construction and other city projects.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing | BB&T

Hendersonville News

City voters could see bond issue for Berkeley Park

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Hendersonville voters could vote this fall on a bond issue for Berkeley Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Hendersonville City Councilman Ron Stephens | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing