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NASHVILLE – During last year’s budgeting season, then Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Rick McMahon referred to the cuts facing the school district as the perfect storm.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – With early voting ongoing and Election Day nearing, the debate intensifies over the Constitutional Amendment defining marriage in North Carolina. You may have heard this referred to as "Amendment One", which is what opponents are calling the amendment. Supporters are calling it the "Marriage Amendment". (More)

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Halifax County Sales Tax Payment Information

 

Email Alert from the Office of Rep. Angela R. Bryant, NC House District 7

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013;

Hopefully Representing Nash and Franklin Counties – Jan 2013 forward if re-elected 2012

 

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Halifax County Sales Tax Payments to Weldon and Roanoke Rapids Schools Special Taxing Districts; Impact of the Supplemental Property Tax Referendum for Halifax County Schools

 

Because Roanoke Rapids and Weldon Schools levy a supplemental property tax, they are also able to get a proportionate share of the county sales taxes that we all pay; In order to be eligible to share in these millions of dollars of local property and sales taxes that can be spent for education – Halifax County School District Voters will have to enact a supplemental property tax for the Halifax County Schools.

When you shop at Wal-Mart, Hardees etc. —a portion of your sales tax goes directly to Roanoke Rapids and Weldon Schools BUT NOT to the Halifax County Schools.

 

If YOU VOTE  “FOR” the Supplemental Property Tax for the Halifax County Schools on the May ballot (early voting started 4/19),  you will vote to create fairness in local funding for all three districts for the first time in history and for THE CHILDREN OF HALIFAX COUNTY AND FOR OUR FUTURE WORKFORCE, PARENTS, LEADERS !!!!

 

IF YOU VOTE AGAINST”  the Supplemental Property Tax—you will continue the millions of dollars of advantage in local funding that the Weldon and Roanoke Rapids students continue to have over the Halifax County School Students. Local funding is the only funding that is absolutely controlled at the local level.

 

There is a special law pertaining to Roanoke Rapids and how the sales and use tax revenue is distributed between the city and the local schools, S.L. 1973-3.

 

As exceptions to the general rule, North Carolina has 11 counties where multiple school systems exist in the same county as follows: Buncombe(Buncombe County, Asheville City); Cabarrus (Cabarrus County, Kannapolis City); Catawba (Catawba County, Hickory City, Newton-Conover City); Columbus (Columbus County, Whiteville City); Davidson (Davidson County, Lexington City, Thomasville City); Halifax (Halifax County, Roanoke Rapids City, Weldon City); Iredell (Iredell-Statesville, Mooresville City); Orange (Orange County, Chapel-Hill-Carrboro City); Randolph (Randolph County, Asheboro City); Sampson (Sampson County, Clinton City); and Surry (Surry County, Elkin City, Mount Airy City).

 

Of these 11 exceptions, only three are known to have city schools with authority to levy taxes: Roanoke Rapids (1919-Chapter 120), Weldon (1903-Chapter 324), and Mooresville (1905-Chapter 556).

 

Under Article 36 of Chapter 115C, both county and city school systems presently have the ability to receive supplemental taxes for any item of expenditure in the school budget where voters within a school unit approve (by referendum) the levy of supplemental taxes. Article 36 of Chapter 115C authorizes a county board of commissioners to hold a referendum on the authorization of a voted supplemental tax to support its local school administrative unit. The voters approve a maximum tax rate (and the purposes for which the revenue may be used), subject to the statutory cap set in G.S. 115C-502. The local board of education proposes a supplemental property tax rate (at some rate below the statutory maximum) to the county commissioners each year and the county commissioners may levy the supplemental tax at a rate of up to the amount proposed by the local board of education.

 

Distribution of Total Sales and Use Tax Receipts within Halifax County, Fiscal Year 201011 – Required by law to be shared with each entity in the county that levies a property tax since the county allocates the sales tax based on the proportion of property taxes levied by each entity.

 

County/Municipality

Sales and Use

Add’tl County Payments

Total

Pct of Total

County of Halifax

6,852,794$

(843,876)$

$ 6,008,918

60.4%

City of Roanoke Rapids

2,390,047

 

2,390,047

24.0%

Our Community Hospital

 

65,269

65,269

0.7%

Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools

 

308,320

308,320

3.1%

Arcola Fire District                

 

7,531

7,531

0.1%

Darlington  Fire District

 

11,096

11,096

0.1%

Davie    Fire  District        

 

59,025

59,025

0.6%

Town of Enfield                  

187,488

 

187,488

1.9%

Enfield   Fire District

 

24,760

24,760

0.3%

Town of Halifax

23,004

 

23,004

0.2%

Halifax Fire District

 

13,846

13,846

0.1%

Town of Hobgood

22,730

 

22,730

0.2%

Hobgood Fire District

 

3,239

3,239

0.0%

Town of Littleton

76,994

 

76,994

0.8%

Littleton  Fire District

 

37,140

37,140

0.4%

Town of Weldon

220,856

 

220,856

2.2%

Rheasville Fire District

 

25,780

25,780

0.3%

Town of Scotland Neck

174,524

 

174,524

1.8%

Scotland Neck Fire Disrict

 

12,719

12,719

0.1%

Tillery Fire District

 

4,379

4,379

0.0%

Weldon City Schools

 

233,131

233,131

2.3%

Weldon Fire District

 

37,641

37,641

0.4%

TOTAL

9,948,437$

843,876$

$ 9,948,437

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Advisory: NC NAACP Rolls Out Statewide Media Campaign to Expose the Truth About the Discriminatory Amendment One

NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Ms. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

 

NC NAACP Rolls Out Statewide Media Campaign to Expose the Truth About the Discriminatory Amendment One

 

This week, in the face of an extreme rightwing attack on minorities and the poor, the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is rolling out a major media campaign to make clear the facts and constitutional dangers facing all North Carolinians through the discriminatory Amendment One.

 

            Through ads in African-American newspapers, radio spots across the state, mailers, and robocalls to tens of thousands North Carolina voters, and brochures distributed to over fifty counties through grassroots NAACP branch leadership, the public education campaign is already resonating with everyday North Carolinians.

           

"The polls and the politicians are asking the wrong questions on this discriminatory amendment, hatched in the backrooms of the extremist, rightwing think-tanks," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. "Our message is consistent: A vote on the same sex marriage amendment has nothing to do with your personal and religious opinion on same sex marriage but everything to do with whether or not you believe discrimination should be codified and legalized constitutionally. We should never seek to codify and vote discrimination, hate and division into the very heart and framework of our Constitution."

 

Dr. Barber continued, "The real insult to the Civil Rights Movement is that the same regressive, ultra-conservative Tea Party type folks suing to overturn the 1965 Voting Rights Act, re-segregating and robbing our public schools of valuable resources, blocking workers’ rights to organize, trying to force us all to get photo ID’s to exercise our right to vote and cut back on the time and opportunities to vote, and attempting to repeal the Racial Justice Act, now somehow think the sons and daughters of the Civil Rights Movement cannot see through their Trojan Horse trick."

 

Secret documents from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), recently unsealed by the courts, revealed the real strategy behind this amendment. Their 2009 report reads:

The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of his party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates … find attractive young black Democrats to challenge white gay marriage advocates electorally.’"[1] 

 

            Dr. Barber said, "On the grassroots level we get a very different response when we cut through the Trojan Horse trick of the Tea Party backed forces and ask ‘Do you think we should tamper with the protections of the 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Under the Law clause, or Section One of the North Carolina Constitution?’ When we ask ‘Do you believe, especially in the South, we should create a precedent whereby the majority votes on the rights of a minority?’ the sinister divide and conquer rhetoric is torn asunder. When people find out that groups leading the pro-Amendment efforts, like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, are affiliated with national organizations identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, they are horrified by the deceitful Amendment One. When people find out that the amendment could also negatively impact heterosexual couples, take away domestic violence protections for women, strip legal recognition and protection from unmarried couples and leave families and children with no basic access to healthcare and prescription drug coverage, people overwhelmingly see through the distractions and tricks and say, ‘We won’t be fooled. Not on our watch!’"[2] 

 

            The NAACP’s position on any constitutional amendment that limits rights has been consistent for over 20 years, when other campaigns of this kind were proposed. For 103 years the NAACP’s mission has always been to "ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons."  The NC NAACP has always opposed any custom, tradition, practice, law or constitutional amendment that denies any rights, privileges, or opportunities to any person which can legally be extended to others.

 

The radio spots are available at www.naacpnc.org.

 

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. 

 

 


[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-becker/nom-documents-race-baiting_b_1382267.html, "Secret NOM Documents Reveal Race-Baiting Strategy," March 27, 2012

[2] Maxine Eichner,et al., "Potential Legal Impact of the Proposed Domestic Legal Union Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution," 1, (2011)

 


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A Note from Richard Wilson Fine Arts & Graphics Inc.

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NEWSLETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF REP. ANGELA R. BRYANT

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NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Representative Angela R. Bryant

House of Representatives – District 7

 

Proudly Representing Halifax and Nash Counties until Jan. 2013

Representing Nash and Franklin Counties –

Jan 2013 forward  if re-elected 2012

 

 

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Volume IV, Issue 6                                                                                                        April 26, 2012

NEWS FROM RALEIGH…

 

I always welcome your comments, project updates, suggestions, and visits. My office door and electronic door is always open to you!  As always, thank you for your support! 

 

REP. BRYANT REPRESENTING HALIFAX COUNTY UNTIL JAN. 2013;

INCUMBENT IN NEW DISTRICT 7 – NASH AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

FOR 2O12 ELECTION/2013 SESSION

 

As a result of Redistricting Rep. Bryant has filed for re-election in the new District, pairing Nash and Franklin counties.  Halifax county will be paired with Northampton county under this plan, in House District 27.  Representative Bryant will be representing Halifax county until Jan. 2013, the end of this term, while at the same time, making new relationships in Franklin/Nash counties to hopefully be successful in being re-elected by them for the 2013 session.

 

ROANOKE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

“2012 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR”

Mrs. Doris N. Mack, Executive Director

Families Supporting Families/Executive Director

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Mrs. Mack (center) is pictured with Secretary Linda Carlisle,

Department of Cultural Resources and Rep. Angela R. Bryant

 

AROUND THE DISTRICT & MORE

 

·       Swim’s Healing Place shoe drive – “Step to Success Fundraiser” a giving opportunity no financial cost to your organization or business!!! Call 252.972.7946 or 252.266.2291or email: swimintl@hotmail.com for more information.

·       Swim’s Healing Place- Residential Adult Care for Women – Women Helping Women Restore Broken Lives. Call 252.972.7946 or 252.266.2291or email: swimintl@hotmail.com for more information.

·       4th Annual First Media Radio Auction, Sat. April 28th, American Legion Shaw May Post 38, 8:00am. For more information the Roanoke Valley Chamber at 252-537-3513.

·       The Roanoke River Regional Collaborative (RRRC) is hosting its 7th Cultural Awareness Seminar, Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 9:00-2:00pm, at the Tillery Community Center, 321 Community Center Road, Tillery NC. For more information call (252) 826-3017.

·       The Phoenix Historical Society, Inc, The city of Rocky Mount and RMECDC will sponsor the 2012 Harambee Festival, Friday May 4th from 1:30-7:00pm and Sat. May 5th 11:00am -8:00pm at the Booker T. Theatre, 170 E. Thomas St. For more information call 252-442-5178 or visit the website at www.rmecdc.org.

·       Historic Mile Marker Ceremony for Ms. Ella Baker, 1903-1986: Ms. Baker was a civil rights leader.  She organized the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, April 1960, at Shaw University. Sun. June 24 at 2:00pm, Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church, 903 Main Street, Littleton. Mile Marker will be erected on US 1581 NC 903 Main Street and East End Ave of Littleton. For more information call Florine Bell at (252) 537-9843 or Micheal Hill at 919-807-7290.

·       The N.C. Center for Women in Public Service 9th Annual Women in Office Institute, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh. Session I. Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1 and Session II Thursday, July 26 – Saturday, July 28. Applications accepted until April 2, 2012. For more information call 919-832-9996 or visit the website at www.nccwps.org.

·       Freedom School Summer Camp, Peacemakers Family Community Center, 1725 Davis Street, Rocky Mount, Mon. June 18 –Friday, July 27 from 8am – 3pm.  Transportation is available on an as needed basis.  For more information contact Cheri L. Pullen at 252-314-5616.  Application deadline is May 15, 2012. Also visit the website at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs-campaigns/freedom-schools/

·        Proctors needed at all local public schools-Halifax, Weldon, Roanoke Rapids!  Please volunteer. To properly administer the End of Grade tests, all schools must have one testing administrator and one proctor per classroom.   A proctor is responsible for assisting the test administrator in monitoring the students while testing.  They will help hand out supplies like calculators and pencils and assist with any needed breaks.   The proctor does not interact with the students while testing.  The tests are given for several days at the end of May and usually require about 3 hours.  Please help our local schools by calling the school nearest you and volunteering to be a proctor or call Duna Dickinson at 252-519-2612 or sdickinson@rvchamber.com.

 

THE RURAL CENTER DOES IT AGAIN … AWARDS THREE GRANTS

 

The NC Rural Center awarded the Town of Weldon a $32,350.00 grant, to support the reuse of an 8,700 sq. feet building.  Southwest Fiberglass Pools, Inc., will reuse the property to establish a distribution facility. The company committed to create three new, full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $16, 640, including benefits.  The grant was awarded from the Building and Reuse and Restoration Program.

 

The NC Rural Center awarded the City of Roanoke Rapids a $67,500.00 grant, to purchase a camera system for inspecting, maintaining and mapping the city’s utilities. The grant was awarded under the Clean Water Bond Supplemental Grants Program.

 

The NC Rural Center awarded the Town of Spring Hope a $125,000.0 grant, for the Invitation to NC STEP Community (Planning Phase $25K; Implementation Phase $100K). The grant was awarded under the NC Small Towns Economic Prosperity (NC Step) Demonstration Program.

DID YOU KNOW

Local and Branch Office Former Offender Specialists, Jim Korth, Former Offender Coordinator – Contact them for assistance.

 

Former Offender Specialist with Department of Commerce -Employment Security Commission in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax and Franklin counties:

 

Roanoke Rapids, Mike Holman, 252-537-4188 (p), 252-535-7943 (f)

1620 East 10th Street

 

Rocky Mount, Sharon Williams, 252-977-3306 (p), 252-446-2720 (f)

121 S. Fairview Road, Rocky Mount, NC

 

Tarboro (Rocky Mount) ES Only, 252-823-6742 (p),  252-641-5799 (f)

2009 W. Wilson Street

 

Louisburg (Henderson) Clarence Barnes (919) 496-6250 (p), (919) 496-7611 (f)

 

Raise the Age Advocacy Guide Is Here

 

The 2012 Raise the Age Advocacy Guide is here! This guide will provide you with the tools to take action and to help you make your case to decision-makers! With input from our RTA allies, this guide was created just for YOU! The guide includes: 

  • Raise the Age main message  
  • The Raise the Age myths and facts 
  • How to talk with media
  • How to write a letter to the editor
  • Examples of how to write your legislator
  • A script for calling your legislator
  • Delivering key messages  

For more information contact:  Action for Children North Carolina at 919.834-6623 or visit the website at: http://www.ncchild.org/sites/default/files/raise%20the%20age%20advocacy%20guide.pdf.

 

LEGISLATIVE RECAP

 

April 2012 — Legislative Research Commission Criminal Record Expunctions Committee Report

 

The Committee recommends that the General Assembly enact Legislative Proposal I:

 

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR EXPUNCTION OF NONVIOLENT FELONIES OR NONVIOLENT MISDEMEANORS AFTER 15 YEARS FOR PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD NO OTHER CONVICTIONS FOR FELONIES OR MISDEMEANORS OTHER THAN TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, THIS STATE, OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION.

 

FYI:  Good Democratic Legislation Introduced In Long Session, That Republican Majority Would Not Take Up.

 

1.     Save jobs, create jobs and enhance North Carolina’s status as one of the best places to do business

H479 Small Business New Job Creation Incentive

Creates tax credits for small business job creation. Firms with no more than 50 employees that meet the requirements would be entitled to tax credits based on whether they were in a Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 county.

 

H628 Development Ready Jobs Study

Directs the Revenue Laws Study Committee to study policies and incentives that can help stimulate the creation of development ready sites to aid in job recruitment and retention

 

H872 Smart Grid Job Creation and Retention Act

Tax credits for research regarding technologies for modern electric grid

 

H708 Study Water & Sewer Service Providers

Directs the Environmental Review Commission to study the reduction and consolidation of the statutory models for establishing, operating and financing certain organizations that provide water and sewer services, a needed part of the state’s business infrastructure.

 

2.     Protect our education system from cuts that would devastate public education and our children’s future

H891 Restore Teacher Assistant Funds – Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant

Restore $200 million to the education budget solely for teacher assistants.

 

H702 Establish Minimum Wage Worker Scholarship Fund – Co-Sponsored by Rep. Angela R.Bryant

Provide college scholarships of up to $12,500 a year for students who have worked long term in minimum wage jobs

 

H94 Local Flexibility Re: School Calendar

Give local school systems flexibility to establish their school calendars

 

H770 Reduce & Prevent School Discipline Problems – Co-Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant

Amend the school discipline law to reduce, prevent disruptive behaviors, suspensions and expulsions

 

H247 Enhance Charter School Accountability

Bill to eliminate cap on charter schools and to provide enhanced accountability for charter school academic performance

 

3.     Help our most vulnerable citizens.  We will fight to preserve the critical services needed as our economy recovers.  We will not turn our back on those in our community who are struggling

H246 Modify Homestead Property Tax Exclusion

Raise homestead exemption for seniors from $25,000 to $35,000

 

H668 Increase Deduction: Volunteer Rescue Workers

Increase income tax deduction for volunteer rescue workers from $250 to $400

 

H356 Psychological Counseling for Jurors

Counseling for jurors exposed to graphic or disturbing evidence

 

H676 UI/Implement EB Three-Year Look Back

Extend federal unemployment benefits to 40,000 residents at no cost to the state

 

4.     Respect and protect the rights of all North Carolinians

H746 Citizen Participation Act– Sponsored by Rep. Angela R. Bryant

Act to protect the Constitutional right of citizens to participate in government proceedings

 

H682 Require Domestic Violence Training/Certain Persons

Require domestic violence training for prosecutors; magistrates, mediators, custody evaluators; parenting coordinators; guardians ad litem; public school educators

 

H729 Reckless Assault of a Child

Create the felony offense of reckless assault when someone over the age of 18 causes serious bodily injury to the brain of a child less than 5 years old by shaking the child

 

H478 Nondiscrimination in State/Employment

Amends State Personnel Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity to list of reasons employers cannot discriminate

 

Other

 

H189 Require ABC Permittees to Be Tax Compliant

Provides that compliance with the state’s tax laws is a condition of holding an ABC permit and that an ABC permit may be revoked for failure to timely file a tax return or pay an overdue tax debt.

 

H752 Revolving Door

Extend the time period during which legislators and certain other public servants are prohibited from registering as a lobbyist after leaving office or employment. Prohibit public servants from accepting economic benefit from certain persons after leaving office or employment

 

H725 Ignition Interlock Required/All DWIs

Ignition locks required on vehicles before those convicted of DWI can qualify for a limited driving privilege

 

HEAR AND SEE LEGISLATURE LIVE DAILY

 

You don’t have to miss the Legislative Session. WRAL will live stream legislative sessions daily on their website.     www. wral.com.  Also, please remember that you can listen to some committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.net. Once on the site, select "Audio," and then make your selection – House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room.  You can also view the bills I sponsor and co-sponsor from this website address

 

 

Contact:  Representative Angela R. Bryant, House of Representatives, NC House District 7, North Carolina General Assembly • 542 Legislative Office Building • 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27603 919-733-5878-Phone • 919-754-3289-FAX • Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net or Karon Hardy, Legislative Assistant at bryantla@ncleg.net

 

 
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