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Old 07-05-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Just curious what others think. With an election coming up, I am wondering what is on everyone's minds as far as local issues here in the CharMeck metro (so feel free to speak up if you are in a surrounding county that is impacted by issues in Meck, i.e. Union, Cabarrus, or York, SC).

Even tho I don't have children in school here, the school system and how it is run does concern me. I think we ought to break up the district.

Crime and how we handle offenders concerns me.

Highway/Road development and expansion/maintenance concern me.

Not anything our elected officials can do about the economy, per se, but that does concern me, as well. Economic incentives ARE controlled by local governing bodies, so I guess from that angle, attracting or retaining business is a municipal issue . . . corporate taxation . . .

Of course, other issues concern me such as cost of gas and food, but that is not really something our local officials can do much about.

So I am curious about the local issues that others are thinking about . . .
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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Crime, education, and transportation.
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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Thank you, Mike! I am thinking those are the big issues for most everyone here - but sure hope others will post w/ their thoughts. Appreciate your post!
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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I think one of the challenges is how we handle growth. I think that Charlotte is going to continue to grow and what I'm afraid of is that we're going to turn into another Atlanta.

I am hoping that Charlotte can continue to maintain it's "Small town feel" while experiencing this growth.
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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Education must be addressed.
The school district is much too large to manage on a cost effective basis.
Several years ago the Charlotte Observer posted that buses run just under 100,000 miles per day in Mecklenburg County, which today must be a staggering cost.
I would love to utilize the local system but would never consider it until it was split into smaller, more autonomous, units.

Transportation must be addressed.
Main arteries are, and have been for sometime, at capacity, yet building continues.
It is short sighted to allow so much building off two lane roads (esp Union County currently) without widening the roads.

Beyond that I yearn for the smallest government and least taxes possible, but I will not hold my breath.
'The government is best which governs least' - Thomas Jefferson

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Old 07-05-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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I think one of the challenges is how we handle growth. I think that Charlotte is going to continue to grow and what I'm afraid of is that we're going to turn into another Atlanta.

I am hoping that Charlotte can continue to maintain it's "Small town feel" while experiencing this growth.
That is a really insightful comment, Jake. I, too, hope we can keep that more "home town" feel here. We are already spread out so far - this is a big metro!!! I don't see our ever becoming an ATL tho. At least, I hope not. The good thing is . . . there is still open land here . . . and the housing/neighborhoods are not as dense as ATL's . . .

I think the big challenge w/ growth is w/ infrastructure - roads, water, sewer and schools . . . managing that growth . . . we have to have strong city leaders to make good decisions and plan for the future.
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:46 PM
 
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Education must be addressed.
The school district is much to large to manage on a cost effective basis.
Several years ago the Charlotte Observer posted that buses run just under 100,000 miles per day in Mecklenburg County, which today must be a staggering cost.
I would love to utilize the local system but would never consider it until it was split into smaller, more autonomous, units.

Transportation must be addressed.
Main arteries are, and have been for sometime, at capacity, yet building continues.
It is short sighted to allow so much building off two lane roads (esp Union County currently) without widening the roads.

Beyond that I yearn for the smallest government and least taxes possible, but I will not hold my breath.
'The government is best which governs least' - Thomas Jefferson
I agree - our highways and roads are a big concern and affect us all!

I need to learn more about how the state apportions money for road improvement and management. As I understand, that is all up to the General Assembly . . . but I may be wrong. Perhaps DOT simply submits a budget to the GA and they approve it . .. ??? I wish someone could give me that scoop on how that money is handled in this state.
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Old 07-05-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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I'd like to know why we have to get our trash out the night before pick up & the dang garbage men don't show up till the afternoon?
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:53 PM
 
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I agree with Jake. While the growth has been great for the economy, infrastructure has been pushed to the limits, in some cases. The state is going to have to come up with a better plan for the 485....it just blows my mind how Charlotte, with it's size and traffic, has no true loop around the city. Much smaller cities across the country have them.
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