Letters to the Editor

What you’re saying: Stephen Berg, Douglas Johnson

N.C. mayors support climate

Hats off to the mayors of Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh for coming out to support climate-change initiatives even as President Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement. Local citizens can and will make a difference. If only North Carolinians could get their Legislature and local communities all to support light-rail development and reduce the carbon footprint in the Triangle.

Stephen Berg

Chapel Hill

Allow impact fees

Regarding the legislature’s ending impact fees for school construction in Orange County:

It’s not like Republicans to be finding a new way for more property tax increases, but that’s the direction their idea to end Orange County impact fees must certainly take it.

GOP lawmakers have again lost basic business sense, once the hallmark of their party. Every CEO knows about growing a company: Targeted, orderly and fiscally sound growth keeps costs low and the business strong. Likewise, cities achieve cost-efficient growth through businesslike and fair impact fees.

Any businessperson who’s ever served on a golf, tennis or swim club board understands that, like club initiation fees, impact fees provide fairness to existing residents who have paid for years for the development and maintenance of facilities, avoid overcrowding and are a reasonable way to steady annual costs – benefiting both old and new residents.

Local government impact fees should be allowed so long as they are confined to facility costs, expected to occur from new development. N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell and other fiscal conservatives must inform legislators of the fiscal harm from speculating freeloaders and free-rider leeches who reduce the value of property and increase taxes for North Carolinians.

Douglas Johnston



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