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Forsyth County Gets Royalties For New Tax Appraisal Software PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 11 November 2019 09:31

Forsyth County Government will receive a total  of $122,169 for a property tax appraisal program it developed that‘s being used by counties across the state. 

The royalties come the North Carolina Property Tax System (NCPTS) software offered to counties by the NC Association of County Commissioners. In 2012, Forsyth County transferred a CAMA (Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) program it created to the NCPTS. As part of the agreement, Forsyth was to receive 10 percent of CAMA implementation fees for the system over the next seven years.

NCPTS is being used in counties across the state, including in Forsyth, Mecklenburg and Guilford. It supports 51 percent of the statewide property tax base. 

The system is managed by Farragut Systems, Inc., a Durham-based software company. Farragut’s co-founders CEO Shail Jain and CCO Sucheta Jain presented Forsyth County commissioners with its first royalty check of $82,596 during a county briefing on Nov. 7. More royalties will come to Forsyth as other counties that use the system make payments over time, totaling $122,169 all together.

Some of the many county staff with Management Information Systems (MIS) and the Tax Department who worked together to develop the system were recognized during the briefing.

“It’s a reflection of the intellectual capacity of the county when you create own program,” said County Manager Dudley Watts. “The depth of your knowledge has to be remarkable.”

Shail Jain said that Forsyth’s appraisal system has been a model for other counties and he’s  even had a county in Louisiana express interest in using NCPTS.

 
Public Hearing Set on Proposed Chatham 2021-27 Capital Improvement Plan PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:22

On November 4, 2019, the Chatham County Manager’s Office presented the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) covering fiscal years 2021-27 to the Board of Commissioners. The seven-year CIP is updated every year as a process to plan for and fund major capital needs costing more than $100,000.

 

A public hearing on the proposed CIP is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Board of Commissioners regular session in the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro. To view the entire proposed CIP, visit the county website at chathamnc.org/government/county-budget or view printed copies at the three library branches (Pittsboro, Goldston and Siler City).

 

Only one new project is recommended in the proposed CIP: 

·         Replacement of the core storage/servers that maintain the essential technology infrastructure for the county will begin in FY 2025. The estimated cost is $262,800.  

 

The proposed CIP also includes recommended revisions to projects already in the current CIP, based on changing needs or conditions:

·         The budget for the Emergency Operations Expansion will increase to $18,300,000, which includes the purchase of land that will house the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as other future buildings. The selection of a new site has resulted in changes to the scope of the project; however, no additional contribution to the debt reserve is required. 

·         Because the school system does not anticipate spending any funds in FY 2020 for the Mobile Classrooms project, the budgeted funds will be moved one year out. 

·         Additional funds are needed to complete the required repairs to meet NC DOT requirements before they are willing to take ownership of the road at the Central Carolina Business Campus. An additional $500,000 is budgeted in FY 2022.

·         The newly proposed CIP would increase the budget for Briar Chapel Park to include lights for the multi-purpose field as well as adding a new restroom and additional parking and storage. The cost of these items is estimated to be $156,006 and will be funded by recreation fees from Briar Chapel.

 

The CIP also looks forward by including future projects that are not yet funded. This forethought helps Chatham County keep these needs in mind, even if a funding source has not yet been secured. Four new unfunded future projects expected to be added this year are:

·         A Sheriff’s Office warehouse would provide a 7,000 square-foot facility to house Sheriff’s Office equipment including a command bus, command trailer, boat and community service trailers.

·         The New and Existing Parks project will address new parks and trails, and update and renovate existing facilities. 

·         The school system will need to update and replace existing athletic field lighting to meet current NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) standards.

·         A new Career and Technical Education Building at the Central Carolina Community College Main Campus in Pittsboro would construct a new building to expand program opportunities in skilled trade fields.

 

To sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing on the CIP, complete an online form at chathamnc.org/publicinput or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text16539 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Speakers also may sign up on site at the meeting.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 07:07
 
ICE Releases List of Illegal Aliens Currently In Custody In Mecklenburg County Charged With Violent Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 25 October 2019 10:35
 State lawmakers demanded Friday that the Mecklenburg County Sheriff honor detainer requests from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following information released by the agency detailing violent criminal charges against illegal immigrants currently in custody who could be released into North Carolina communities.  
 
Murder, assault, robbery, and sex offenses committed against minors are among the serious charges against foreign nationals currently in custody at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center with outstanding detainer requests from DHS’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. 
 
The outstanding detainers were only issued for illegal immigrants “handcuffed and arrested for a crime committed in the local community” according to information released by ICE on Friday.  
 
Sanctuary policies implemented by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff this year protect those individuals from federal law enforcement’s detainer requests despite the being charged crimes in North Carolina.
 
“These are just the latest examples of unlawfully present aliens charged with serious public safety offenses in Mecklenburg County – yet these latest examples are still currently in local custody,” the agency said Friday.  “These cases have all been identified by ICE to be illegal aliens subject to an Ice detainer and yet, per current local policy, they would be released back into the local community without notice to ICE.” 
 
Lawmakers in North Carolina approved legislation supported as a “high priority” by the state Sheriffs’ Association compelling the Mecklenburg County Sheriff to comply with ICE detainers for individuals currently in custody and charged with crimes, but the bill was vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper and opposed by legislative Democrats. 
 
H.B. 370 Require Cooperation with ICE Detainers provides “an appropriate and careful balance under the Constitution for the rights of the accused and for the public safety of our communities,” according to the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.  
 
The measure was nonetheless vetoed by the Governor, allowing the Mecklenburg County Sheriff to refuse detainer requests and release suspected illegal immigrants with significant criminal histories – who are currently in custody charged with criminal offenses and wanted by federal officials – back into North Carolina communities.
 
State House sponsors of H.B. 370 and Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released a joint statement Friday demanding the Mecklenburg County Sheriff honor detainer requests for individuals identified by ICE as currently in custody and charged with crimes. 
 
“The sanctuary law enforcement policies of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff and Governor Cooper put North Carolinians’ safety at risk every single day,” said state Reps. Carson Smith (R-Pender), Destin Hall (R-Caldwell), Brenden Jones (R-Columbus), Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), and Speaker Moore. 
 
“The Governor’s support for an open-borders policy of non-cooperation with immigration officials presents an unconscionable and unnecessary threat to the people of this state every day.  To protect illegal aliens charged with crimes over the safety of North Carolina communities is not only a dereliction of duty, it is a deliberate decision to put the people of North Carolina in harm’s way.”      
                      
“We demand the Mecklenburg County Sheriff comply with immigration detainers for illegal aliens charged with murder, assault, robbery, sex offenses against minors, and other violent offenses.  The Governor must also release legislative Democrats to override his veto of H.B. 370 and put an immediate stop to this imminent threat to public safety in North Carolina.”   
 
Rep. Smith was the sheriff of Pender County for 16 years.  Rep. Hall is an attorney and chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Matters.  Rep. Saine is a senior co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee and Rep. Jones is the Deputy House Majority Leader. 
 
According to ICE, in 2018 more than 470 criminal aliens were transferred into ICE custody pursuant to an immigration detainer from Charlotte, N.C.
 
Since the enactment of Mecklenburg’s non-cooperation policy, those individuals are instead released into North Carolina communities where they are free to reoffend until ICE is able to locate and arrest them, or until they commit additional preventable crimes resulting in their arrest again by law enforcement.
 
“As these persons remain in local custody, should Mecklenburg County reconsider its non-cooperation policy, there is still time to prevent the release of these individuals and instead work cooperatively to protect public safety,” ICE said in its release Friday. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2019 10:37
 
Union County Recognized For Technology Practices PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:11

Union County is being recognized as a national leader in implementing the best technology practices among more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties awarded Union County 10th place in its population category in the 17th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey analyzes innovative initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.

“Our team has worked hard to constantly evolve Union County’s technology programs and plans; enabling us to continue providing residents exceptional access to important services,” said Carl Lucas, Director of Information Systems.

Contributing factors for the County receiving this award include upgrading audio and video systems for livestreaming Board of Commissioners meetings and plans for a robust data analytics program that will store more documents digitally. In similar cost-saving measures, moving to paperless systems has saved up to $15,000.

“Union County will continue implementing strategies that improve transparency and boost resident engagement,” said County Manager Mark Watson. “These technologies improve our efficiency and lower the cost of providing public services.”

For more information about the Digital Counties Survey Awards, visit the Government Technology website.

 

 
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