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 Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

County residents cannot afford tax increase

At the March meeting of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, I talked about the 0.7 percent population growth. There is still the need for more people and more jobs.

The proposed 2-cent real estate tax increase will be a burden on the people in Franklin County.

The $129 million budget should be reduced by 0.75 of 1 percent, which would solve the budget woes.

Another way to balance the budget would be at the suggestion of one supervisor, to take the money from reserve funds.

The 56,000 people we have in the county cannot afford a 2-cent real estate tax increase.

More jobs and a 3 or 4 percent increase in population per year is key for pay increases and better schools.

 

Oscar W. Pagans

Union Hall

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Rocky Mount, you did it again!

We had guests here at the Claiborne House bed-and-breakfast getting married. After an elegant elopement ceremony at the Claiborne House, they took beautiful wedding photos and had cake and a toast on the porch.

Then they proclaimed a change of plans, instead of the fine dining meal they had anticipated, they just wanted pizza! I recommended they go around the block or cut through High Street Cemetery and go to Hema's Italian Restaurant for some great pizza.

At Hema's, they were treated so kindly, the owners brought over a special dessert and sent them home with extra goodies in their doggy bag. At check-out the next morning here at the inn, they told me about all of this -- about all of you and what you did for them -- and it brought a little tear to my eye. They had never experienced small town southern hospitality before, and you knocked their socks off!

Thank you to the person or couple who paid their tab, you will always be a special part of their memories made here by this happy newlywed couple from Norfolk.

Rocky Mount you did it again, and I could never be so proud!

Shellie Leete

Claiborne House B&B

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