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County Disputes Section 8 Rental Amounts - Brevard NC

County officials will reach out again to U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows to help address what they believe are incorrect Fair Market Rents (FMR) issued for Transylvania County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As...

 

TDA: Tourism Impact Rising - Brevard NC

Last fiscal year, a record amount of occupancy tax revenues — $793,876 — was collected in Transylvania County. For Clark Lovelace, that one number alone shows “tourism is good in Transylvania County.” At last week’s Board of Commissioners...

 

County Talks About Bond Impact - Brevard NC

The county has faced several questions from the public about the upcoming $68 million bond referendum and its potential financial impact. During the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Finance Director Jonathan Griffin addressed some...

 

Hawkins Discusses State's Response To Economic Development - Brevard NC

How to promote economic growth in North Carolina’s rural areas, such as Transylvania County, is one of the focuses of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). During Monday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 25, 2018

Fire Dept. Funding Under Review

With county commiss-ioners expected to approve a $51.2 million budget tonight, the funding of the county’s fire departments has been widely discussed during the budget process. At their June 12 meeting, commissioners approved the tax rates for the...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 18, 2018

School Board, County Spar Over Capital Spending

In her recommended budget for the 2019 fiscal year, County Manager Jaime Laughter said all future school system capital projects at $50,000 or more will require school officials to submit draft contracts or purchase orders and then the county would...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 14, 2018

Public Hearing Held On County Budget

The courthouse, education funding and fire district tax rates dominated Tuesday's public hearing on the proposed $51.2 million Transylvania County general fund budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    June 4, 2018

Board Backs 2.5-Cents Tax Hike For Courthouse

A 2.5-cents property tax increase to help pay for the proposed new courthouse is scheduled to be approved as part of the county’s 2019 fiscal year budget. During this past Thursday’s budget workshop, the Board of Commissioners reached unanimous c...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 31, 2018

Kelly's Restaurant Returns To Brevard After Long Absence

At Kelly's Family Restaurant there is a special item on the menu. It's called Thelma's Country Breakfast and includes eggs, country ham, grits and red-eye gravy. Brother and sister, Randy Pace and...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 24, 2018

Manager's Budget Calls For More Education Spending

County Manager Jaime Laughter presented a $51.2 million general fund budget Monday that proposed no property tax increase and operations funding that exceeded what school officials wanted. Laughter presented her proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal ye...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    May 10, 2018

County Upset At School Funding Critics

Transylvania County commissioners expressed frustration Tuesday that they are accused by some of not supporting the school system, while they also approved motions asking for, among other things, more details about capital spending in the schools.... Full story

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 26, 2018

County Grants Museum 12 More Months

Transylvania County commissioners approved another 12-month lease for the WNC Military History Museum to be housed in the old county administration building, but the suggestion was made they would not support extending the lease in the future....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 19, 2018

Question: What If School Bond Fails?

County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman wants to know what is the “Plan B” if the proposed $68 million school bond referendum fails in November. Chapman made the comment at last week’s regular commission meeting during discussion of a request...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 16, 2018

County Approves Funding For SROs

The Board of Commissioners has approved the funding for 11 school resource officers (SROs) in the county for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. During its regular meeting last week, commissioners approved $685,672 in county funds to pay for...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

Official: No Decision On Courthouse Tree - Brevard, NC

No decision has been made yet on the fate of the large Norwegian spruce tree that sits in front of the courthouse in downtown Brevard, according to County Manager Jaime Laughter. "We are working on a...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 12, 2018

County Approves Center Grants - Brevard, NC

The Transylvania Board of Commissioners has approved grant funding totaling roughly $50,000 that will go to the county’s community centers to make improvements, including being able to provide WiFi. In February, the county sought grant...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    April 2, 2018

County Offering Housing Option

The Board of Commissioners has approved county staff to seek interest from for-profit or nonprofit groups and others to design, construct and manage a multifamily, rental workforce housing development on county property. The county-owned property is...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 29, 2018

Official Talks About Possible Hospital Sale

Michele Pilon, the president of Transylvania Regional Hospital, talked Monday about the “why,” “how” and “what” concerning the possible sale of the nonprofit Mission Health to HCA Healthcare, a for-profit company based in Nashville....

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 22, 2018

County Compares Budget With Its Peers

Between 2007 and 2017, Transylvania County government’s annual percentage increase in expenditures out of the general fund budget outpaced the percentage revenues it received, “raising (the) eyebrows” of County Manager Jaime Laughter and...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 19, 2018

BRCC Makes Budget Request

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is seeking an increase in its operating budget for the Transylvania County campus, plus funds to make improvements to the building. Dr. Laura Leatherwood, BRCC’s president, presented the proposed 2018/19 fiscal...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 15, 2018

Local GOP Gathers

Unfunded pension and health care liabilities are the most serious threat to North Carolina's and the country's financial future, said Dale Folwell, the North Carolina state treasurer. Folwell made...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 15, 2018

Moseley To Design Court

Moseley Architects, which designed the Public Safety Facility on Morris Road in Brevard, will design the proposed new county courthouse for the site. During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners authorized...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 8, 2018

County Wants Input On Fire Dept. Funding

Property owners in the Lake Toxaway Fire Rescue district currently pay the lowest tax rate in the county — 4.79 cents — for those services, while those in the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue pay the highest — 13.78 cents. The method that determines...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 5, 2018

Mahoney Highlights Recruitment Challenges

Sheriff David Mahoney has been “sounding the alarm” about recruiting and retaining qualified people for his office for the past two years. In the past, he’s been asked whether he was “pushing the panic button.” Mahoney said he replied that...

 
 By Derek McKissock    News    March 1, 2018

$68 Million Bond Proposal Gets Official Send Off

Transylvania County staff received the go-ahead Monday to begin the process for a $68 million school improvements bond to be placed on the November general election ballot. During its regular meeting Monday, the Board of Commissioners tasked staff...

 

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