“I was 50 years old when I started serving as a commissioner, and I just turned 58. It’s been eight years I’ve been coming to the budget retreats, and it’s been a real pleasure.”
— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, making his opening remarks to the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners at the town’s budget and planning retreat in Winston-Salem last week.
“The last time we were here we made a bold decision to increase our tax rate.”
— Travis, reminding commissioners of the budget focus from last year’s retreat prior to listing a number of accomplishments of the town in the prior year.
“We must move down the path of a new bond.”
— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts to commissioners during a discussion of the town’s longer range capital improvement program.
“Tax rates you can drop very fast, but it takes a long time to raise them politically. We have needs that exceed that $20 million.”
— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke on the possible effect of reducing property tax rates following the 2019 revaluation, which is expected to show an increase in overall property values by as much as 20 percent.
“It is difficult to describe. Some days it is overwhelming to think about the reasons this came about, and other days it is humbling to realize how far it has come.”
— Cami Meador, a member of the Angels of ’97 board of directors who was 14 when her older sister, Mandi, an original “Angel,” died in a car crash.
“When this started, I think it was a type of emotional escape, a way to feel like you could control some aspect of your life, a way to do something. But now, as a mother myself with a better perspective on what my mother and other families endured, understanding the way everyone somehow came together to create something so positive, it’s amazing.”
“In the absence of target chemicals, a soil testing work plan cannot be prepared and no soil sampling or other media testing is advised based on currently available information.”
— A report to the Town of Huntersville by consultant Hart-Hickman on the relative value of environmental testing in the area around Hopewell High School in the search for a cause of an ocular melanoma cluster.
“I was 100 percent in favor of digging dirt and testing the air and water, but we don’t know what to look for. The genetic testing could provide a better starting point, a way to see what the 10, or 12, or more people have in common.”
— Kenny Colbert, father of Kenan Colbert Koll, a Hopewell High School graduate who died of ocular melanoma complications in 2014 at age 28.