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 In the News, July 6, 2010 


Mayor says changes to ABC board make sense. Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz says she thinks a proposed change to Rowan-Kannapolis ABC board appointments would be ”fair to everyone involved.“ An amendment to a bill to reform the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control system would give Salisbury, Kannapolis and Rowan County each the power to appoint a member of the local ABC board. Currently, the cities can only nominate their board members, but Rowan commissioners have the final say in all three appointments.

Opinion: Privatization could resolve issues. With the goal being to control the sale of liquor in the state, the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABC) was originally created to impose morality on the citizens of North Carolina. However, the system still exists because it is an entrenched interest employing thousands of state workers. For the purposes of increased efficiency in the liquor market, the expansion of private enterprise and ceasing the imposition of morality by the state of North Carolina, the ABC System should be totally eliminated. In December 2008, the Program Evaluation Division or North Carolina published a report calling the ABC System “outdated” and in need of “modernization.” The report outlines issues such as the systems failure to keep pace with economic and demographic changes in the state and the lack of a clearly defined mission for local boards.  Privatization would quickly solve both of these issues. The efficiency of the free market would quickly reallocate resources in response to economic and demographic shifts. Furthermore, privatization would define very clearly the mission of each store: profitability.



Fund provides mobility for N.C. transportation projects. Transportation projects in North Carolina have $173 million over the next four years that doesn’t have to be allocated based on the state equity fund formula. “That has been somewhat controversial … but this is not a political slush fund,” said Gene Conti, N.C. Transportation Secretary. Conti made his remarks Thursday during a presentation to his board that was meeting at the Global TransPark.



Clayton will tax cafes. Internet sweepstakes businesses are allowed here, but starting last week they'll need to pay several thousand dollars to the town to operate. The Town Council voted last week to charge the businesses for a privilege license. They'll pay a flat fee of $2,500 plus $350 for each machine they have, fairly similar to what other towns tax sweepstakes businesses. "I want it to be high enough to make some money but not enough to bring attention to ourselves," Town Manager Steve Biggs said. "I think that we're potentially subject to a suit [if fees are too high]."



Knightdale tops growth list. This town is the fastest growing town in the state, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau released last week.  Knightdale increased 24.5 percent or 2,000 residents, between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009, bringing its population to more than 10,000.  It is one of five Wake County towns that are among the 10 fastest-growing cities or towns in the state. Rolesville, which grew at a 10.4 percent rate, was third in the state, Fuquay-Varina was the sixth-fastest growing town at 5.8 percent. Cary was the seventh fastest growing city in the state and second nationally among municipalities with at least 100,000 residents. It grew by 5.7 percent.