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 In the News, January 16, 2017 

Clayton sees growth where it counts. Recently, Clayton’s finance director, Robert McKie, presented the town council a look at key growth figures in Clayton over the past five years. Sales-tax receipts, property-tax revenue and property valuations are all up, but gains appear to be leveling off, McKie said. Last year, Clayton’s property-tax revenue jumped 10.2 percent to but McKie attributed that to the town’s 2.5-cent tax hike. Total property values in town have grown 3.6 percent over five years.

Clinton Police Department rolls out alert system.  The Clinton Police Department is extending another avenue of communication to the public, this time an alert system that allows citizens to get up-to-the-minute information on crime, traffic, weather and local events. The Tip411 Alert System is a component of the department’s existing Tip411 program designed to keep residents as informed as possible, while allowing police and those they serve to easily interact with each other.

Knightdale leaders ponder going solo on public access television. Mayor James Roberson has expressed interest in Knightdale branching away from East Wake Television and having its own, 24-hour PEG Media Partners channel, like Clayton and Garner. Knightdale shares East Wake TV channel 22 with Archer Lodge, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon.

Town of Chapel Hill Hosts Open2, an Open Introduction to Open Data. Over the past decade, academics, business entrepreneurs, and community-minded activists have turned to Open Data as a means of increasing transparency, improving government services, and measuring the impact of policy. Now that the Town of Chapel Hill has launched its own Open Data platform, it is inviting enthusiasts and novices alike to come learn about the platform, use it in guided activities, and suggest other data sets that might be gathered in the future.

Guilford towns, councils study single water system. Summerfield, Stokesdale and Oak Ridge are not just big suburbs of Greensboro. They’re incorporated towns with councils and mayors that face many of the same issues that affect bigger cities like Greensboro. But one thing is not standard among them: water. Oak Ridge and Summerfield residents use well water while Stokesdale buys water from Winston-Salem. Now they’re banding together with Guilford County to study whether it makes sense to create one water system they can all share.