WHIG-TV is at it again pushing their video featuring Lige Daughtridge President The Community Council and Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight of the Rocky Mount City Council meeting on Monday January 14, 2014 7:00 PM whereby Daughtridge was called out by Councilman Knight saying Knight played the RACE CARD after Daughtridge gave his opinion followed by Knight. WHIG-TV has a history of trying to discredit Knight dating back several years. They continue even after Knight won a lawsuit against Edgecombe County when a black man Roosevelt Higgs from Edgecombe County challenged Knight’s residence along with WHIG-TV, Kenneth Pledger and some others in Rocky Mount. Damn when will it end? I know the history of Rocky Mount and Andre Knight and I ain’t afraid to talk about it all including RACE.
WHIG-TV says they have invited Knight to come on their talk shows but Knight would be just as ignant as they are to go on their show so they can have some leverage to be able to further attempt to discredit him when he leaves the show. Do you think they are going to not continue to talk about him? Hell they do it on a daily basis now and has been doing it for several years.
Who are the council? Funny created to attempt to stop Progress.
I have no problem with the questions but damn to attempt to intimidate and to mislead folks based on not being afraid to speak out publicly just because of WHITE PRIVILEGE do not make it right.
You say, "Most people like the idea of an Event Center BUT is it realistic at this time?" Who are you speaking for? Who determines it is it realistic or not?
Who elected you to speak for them?
You say, "Our group’s quick review of this study evoked many thoughts and concerns that need to be addressed. The proposed location in downtown Rocky Mount on the Edgecombe side, away from I-95, raises many questions." So it could be okay if the Rocky Mount City Council take the downtown on the Edgecombe County side off the table.
So why do you think that you and those you represent get to pick and choose where the elected officials well actually the city manager/staff says it would be good for the city as a whole? Who give you the authority to decide what is good for the city as a whole?
You say, "We all know our town has a very long and deep heritage related to the banking industry. We still have numerous, knowledgeable and experienced bankers in the Rocky Mount area. At the appropriate time, our group would help the city find one of these professionals to review the finance model for the proposed Event Center by doing a Commercial Banking Viability Study at The Community Council’s expense."
What a damn insult to make it appear that the black majority Rocky Mount City Council and the black City Manager are not capable of doing what they need to do on a professional level to go through the procedures. Damn they even have a WHITE City Attorney to help guide them through the legal aspects also. So I wonder how many black bankers would be included in your suggestion?
So who are ya’ll anyway? When I click on the website I don’t see any members names so I would guess it is all white but just my opinion. Call me a RACIST.
What I find very interesting is this is posted on the site, "Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Maybe Wrong all the way Around?"
Wrong time because black majority, wrong place don’t want to see downtown growth and most of all on the Edgecombe County side and just damn wrong all together because as Knight stated a majority black council and a black city manager.
In my opinion the letter is an insult and racist because of the black majority city council and having a black city manager. It appears that Rocky Mount is ate up with WHITE PRIVILEGE because I can’t recall as many white challenges against the previous city council. The Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount growth was stalled because until this council came on board very little was done on the Edgecombe side and downtown.
I have no problem with the group taking a stand but damn the group has not allowed the city council to go through the motions of presenting their case as they would like to present it but a group has been formed to tell the council how they should move forward. Damn what part of this picture do the group not understand? The city council persons were elected by the people and not by this group so the city council should move forward going through the procedures presenting it to the citizens. The black city manager and his staff are more than competent enough to move forward and doing what they need to do keeping in line with policy and procedures in presenting to the citizens how they want to and when they decide they want to. But to form a group with a name very much close to the Rocky Mount City Council called The Community Council to try to get to the citizens saying, "Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Maybe Wrong all the way Around?" is just RACIST in my opinion. Now Run and Tell That!
Let’s take a long look at civic center proposal before approving it
The proposed Downtown Event Center should be a concern to every citizen in the City of Rocky Mount, Nash and Edgecombe Counties. Now is the time for each citizen to review the study and the proposal delivered by the AECOM consultants. It appears our Rocky Mount Elected Officials have the project loaded on a train that is ready to leave the station. We simply say, WAIT, Do Not Get in a Hurry and do what is right. Educate the citizens of Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties on the project. Do an extensive public hearing process, and allow the public to be fully engaged. In the end, it must be the citizens of Rocky Mount, based upon the financial model, that make this decision, not the wishes of nine people. We all must remember that managers and elected officials come and they go, but it is the citizens that must bear the joys of their good decisions and the curse of their bad decisions.
Most people like the idea of an Event Center BUT is it realistic at this time?
Our group’s quick review of this study evoked many thoughts and concerns that need to be addressed. The proposed location in downtown Rocky Mount on the Edgecombe side, away from I-95, raises many questions.
The projected annual deficit of $3.3 million dollars should readily open our eyes when added to the other venues already a burden on the city’s budget. Over the last six years, the city has experienced other losses. Examples of these other losses are the Children’s Museum $2.26 million; Imperial Center/Booker T. Theater $8.3 million; Art Center $2.17 million; and the Sports Complex $7.25 million. Based on this trend and the study projections, should this project come to fruition, the city would be responsible for covering $40 million in losses over the next 6 years.
The number of events proposed in the study seems unattainable. The study’s projection of 127 events annually with an average attendance of 2,000 is unrealistic and would far exceed similar centers throughout the country.
The new revenue sources, proposed in the study, that would help alleviate the debt seem to be a stretch at best, and we fear most of them would not be approved.
• Revenue from an increase in occupancy tax can only be spent in the county in which it is collected and would need approval from the General Assembly in Raleigh. There are very few hotels currently in Edgecombe County to generate the necessary revenue.
• The proposed .25% increase in sales tax, for Edgecombe County, has already been approved and obligated for construction of a building on Edgecombe Community College’s Rocky Mount campus. When Nash County tried to get the voters to approve a .25% increase, currently allowed by our General Assembly, it failed by a very large margin, despite being devoted to school construction and supported by all Nash County Commissioners. Based on this result, we feel there would be no chance for an Event Center to receive this revenue stream even if the commissioners would call for a vote.
• The proposed food and beverage tax would need approval from the General Assembly and is rarely supported by the restaurant association and would most likely not be supported by our local restaurant owners or citizens. This one would be a long shot at best.
• The proposed change in the way sales tax is distributed would have an adverse effect on 9 out of 10 cities/towns in Nash County and 7 out of 9 cities/towns in Edgecombe County. This would most likely not be approved by either county.
• The next revaluation for ad valorem tax (property tax) will begin in three years and based on sales ratios the City of Rocky Mount will most likely see a substantial reduction in its total assessed value leading to a drop in property tax collections. This item should be a real concern for all citizens of Rocky Mount as this and the utility rates are the only sources of revenue controlled locally. Traditionally, government’s first reaction is to raise tax rates when assessed values decline in an effort to collect the same amount of revenue (money). Many homeowners are barely hanging on to their homes and any property tax increase could push them over the edge. We certainly do not need to discuss raising utility rates in our city.
We all know our town has a very long and deep heritage related to the banking industry. We still have numerous, knowledgeable and experienced bankers in the Rocky Mount area. At the appropriate time, our group would help the city find one of these professionals to review the finance model for the proposed Event Center by doing a Commercial Banking Viability Study at The Community Council’s expense.
We support our forward thinking officials and trust this process will be conducted publically with all the facts on the table. Please slow down, make sure the market/feasibility study is realistic and determine how we pay for it with feasible revenue streams to make it sustainable. Then we can all get onboard when the train leaves the station.
The Community Council
Source – Rocky Mount Telegram