So, all week I’ve been hearing what sounds like a JackHammer on a new construction site. I’m no construction guru but I’ve been around building and construction most of my life. And I have to admit, I don’t know everything (like some people).
So when you are JackHammering up newly poured concrete on a new construction site, that means……? I’m guessing someone drew a plan wrong, someone read a plan wrong, the design was wrong, you get my point, someone somewhere screwed up.
No one is going to admit it. But this brings up a point I’ve been trying to make for sometime, they messed up the estimate/quote/bid on the new business incubator, had to trim down what was done. Now, someone is paying the crew to tear up freshly poured concrete.
I’ve only just started watching our town management, but this brings up an important question, how long has this incompetence been going on? How much money has this cost you, the tax payer.
Tabor City NC - Here you can see what was once an entire pour new concrete slab, and now you can see sections of it missing and a pile of concrete to the lower right of this image. They are running a jack hammer and removing a good portion of this new slab. Why?
So they are shocked that people might be leaving town? I guess if you’ve had your head in the sand for the last 20 years, that might seem plausible. But lets be real, you fill up the town and the bypass with warehouses and semi-trucks and you think people will want to live here?
Imagine you are a traveler and you stop at a place to eat on the bypass and look out the window, you see nothing but warehouses and semi-trucks running everywhere. But you decide to drive into town and see what the rest of the town looks like, so you stop at the visitor center, pull up, park and look around. Semi-truck, Semi-truck, Semi-truck, Semi-truck, Semi-truck and that’s in about a 20 minute window. So what do you think they are thinking now, the visitor? Place to buy a home? Maybe not.
This is 20 years of absolutely no vision. It is 20 years of building your legacy. That’s it, that’s all they have accomplished. And warehouses don’t shop, eat and pay sales taxes and they don’t count in the census. They do make people leave town though.
Imagine if 20 years ago a corporation was asked to buy land down the road (thinking big industrial park that is NOT IN TOWN) and build all their warehouses out there. Imagine if we had some nice little housing and condo communities where all those warehouses are? Imagine the bypass full of little communities, shops and restaurants? Can you see that.
But you will never see it now. Revenue down from low census numbers is just the beginning. As people leave, property values will drop, property tax revenue will drop, taxes will go up and you will be here left holding the bag BECAUSE YOUR TOWN MANAGER’s CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST!!!
Both the new community building and the business incubator are on or near several properties owned by the Town Manager. Millions of $$$ of your money.
You see this?
$1.2 Million of your tax money for this second community building. We already have the Ritz, why do we even need to waste this money? Its Tabor City! Is it because he can do it and improve the value of his property?
You ever wonder what world these people live in? We are in the middle of a pandemic that has closed lots of small businesses, the ones still open can’t find help and our town is spending money like it grows on trees.
It’s funny, most politicians and people in government have never run a small business. Let me be clear, I talking hard working people that start a small business and work hard at it. I’m not talking about rich folks that run off to 4 years of college and come home to have the family business handed to them. These people didn’t start anything, they just turn a key in the morning.
Town of Tabor City North Carolina - Phone: 910-653-3458 Fax: 910-653-3970 1108 East 5th Street Tabor City, NC 28463 - Town Hall
Town of Tabor City NC - TOLD YOU SO!!
WE WARNED YOU OVER THE LAST YEAR that your taxes would be going up. Not because of covid, but because the Mayor and Town Manager been walking around with your Tax Checkbook on a spending spree on stuff WE DON'T NEED. $50,000 on Christmas ornaments? $85,000 for a parking lot for a failed Train Tourism Farce!!! And how much was the new Town Manager TRAIN SIGN? Who approved that?
Don't worry, they still got your tax checkbook out and writing checks. And when you can no longer afford to pay your taxes, don't worry, they'll repossess your property in nothing flat.
You already pay the HIGHEST TAXes in the entire county!!! You can thank the mayor and town manager for that. The chart shown here is from the county website. Shows every town and you pay the most taxes? For what? Well, you spend almost $1,000,000.00 per year on police.
There are some good ways to reduce the overall town budget, save money and not keep spending money like it grows on trees.
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A train tourism business promoted for years now becomes a “community center”? New jobs promised just before the 2019 election but the building is still vacant and the owners are asking for more of your tax payer dollars. $85,000 of your tax money spent on land for that “Train Failure” parking lot. Only in Tabor City NC.
So this new community building will be in addition to the Ritz center. How many do we need? And there is a privately owned Event Center. Here’s the fun part, that privately owned center paid their money for the property, paid for repairs and pays a lot of taxes. Those taxes have been used (in the form of grants) by the Tabor CIty Town Management to build two event centers to compete with the privately owned center. So they took money from the private business and used it to build two competing businesses (tax payer funded and maintained), the private owner got SCREWED! Only in Tabor City NC.
Next lets talk about the new business incubator (in addition to the one in the industrial park), tax payer funds to build space for businesses. If you own property in this town and need to rent that space to a business, you are now competing with the Tax Payer funded incubator. As a business property owner, they take your tax money and use it to compete with you. You are getting SCREWED.
$85,000 of Your Tax $$$ just for land for the new community center parking lot? Does that sound good to you?
If you check the October 14th Tribune, they document that the Town Manager is seeking another almost $1,000,000 in funds to be spent….Guess Where? West 5th street. You’ll also see a small error (no it’s intentional) by the Tribune that there was no objections to a solar power installation on school street.
There was, several people were obviously upset and one gentleman was outspoken that he wanted to keep his community the way it was.
We in the past were occused of having false statements on this site. So to be honest, in the article below we state that the town manager is hiding behind an LLC. That is actually not true, he is actually hiding behind 2 LLC’s. My best count is that he owns about 14 properties on West 5th Street out of about 30 possible deeds. That means he owns almost 50% of West 5th Street, Tabor City NC.
In July of 2019, we addressed Tabor City NC Town Council on two issues you find on this site. Mowing grass for rich folks for free while passing an ordinance to charge poor people $115/hour for the same service. Then we read them out loud the town noise ordinance, straight from their books and followed with a video of the conditions they have created in Pete Circle, noise and all. I then asked them if they would live in Pete Circle or buy a home there.
Their response to both, NOTHING!!! CRICKETS!! Not one council member spoke up to defend either the town or to voice support for the regular folks in this town. NOT ONE.
Now here’s the funny part, next day in the Tribune, not one word was published or even mentioned. I’ve watched the Tribune for years cover these meetings in great detail. Every speaker…. But not me… Not what I had to say.
So councilman, I found I could legally video tape the meetings. And when I do, the town council finally finds reason to speak. My constitutional right to speak, blocked from the Tribune. Poor folks in this town being run over (with proof) and challenged in a meeting - Nothing - Not one word. But you on video is reason to speak?
On top of that, the councilman/person says there are lies on this site. Every article has images from cameras, the internet, town ordinances, deeds and I’m lying? Find it!! Prove it!!! I’ll be waiting.
Oh, my first amendment right, free speech, allows me to bring scrutiny to any government body, including you sir.
Well, here is meeting #1, September 2020. Sorry about the audio quality, they started talking lower when they saw the camera. We will be buying new equipment soon.
Tabor City NC - In this meeting, if you turn the volume up, and watch, what you will see is what I call the “YES” men. Mr Town Manager says something, it’s followed by a vote that will always be affirmative and you watch these long enough you’ll see that there are very few, if any questions by your elected officials.
In what world is everything approved with no descent? $50,000 for Christmas lights, YES, $85,000 for land for a train depot for train business they just admitted might never come, YES. Throw cash out the window in the middle of a pandemic, Why Not YES!!!
At the end, You’ll see the councilperson attack this site and call this info lies. Well, at least he spoke I guess, something other than YES.
So, you are out of a job, behind on all your bills and might be kicked out of your house. Well don’t worry, Tabor City NC Town Management has your back. You got six month to get your town bills caught up. But Mr. Mayor is spending $50,000 on new Christmas lights. That’ll sure help when you are homeless.
The towns income will be down over the next year or so due to low sales tax collections. So if they waste money on stuff like this, then the only choice will be to raise your cost of living in this town. Higher taxes, higher water and sewer rates.
Here, an image from the Tabor City NC Tribune just before the 2019 election. The Tribune using their paper to push their candidates. Then at the next town council meeting, they tell the truth. They need to borrow money and raise your water/sewer rates to cover aging/damaged lines and systems.
And the Editor of the Tribune states that they need $12,000 million, ok I’m no math teacher but isn’t $12,000 million - actually $12 Billion?
So Town and Tribune, where did the $32 million you already got go? How can you get and spend $32 million and you still need $12 million more? They actually say the sewer system is in “average” shape. Some of the system (actually sounds like most of it is in poor to average) is in poor condition.
After $32 million, sounds like we need a lot more than $12 million.
Tabor City NC - So the town at the direction of the town manager has decided to enforce a decade old ordinance to make you mow your grass. If you don’t, they will have someone mow it, charge you $115 per hour to get it done (Where did they get $115/hr for mowing grass?).
You see, they want to do that to us. Because we are middle class to poor folks. We are not rich. Here you see a screen shot of the Tribune article showing the Town Managers comments and Council’s rubber stamp approval.
Also here you will see a tractor mowing private property here in town (and they do it in more than one place). Except this is for a rich family. I’ve asked for records showing this family was paying the town $115/hr to mow this grass, they have failed to respond.
Oh, wait, the town manager says clearly that the town “should not compete with them”? But Mr Town Manager, you are competing and have been for many, many years.
So whats the truth? Truth is, YOU AIN’T RICH. So the LAW APPLIES to you. And you are not one of the “GOOD OLE BOYS” that the Town takes care of.
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We just wanted to document your tax money being spent. Time will be the judge if it was wise or not. But we want to document for the record. Just to give credit, some info here are clips from the online version of the Tribune. Since Tabor City NC Town Management does not keep an adequate website to document their comments, grants, wasted money and lies. We will use the Tribune to document it for you.
So lets get started. RJ Corman said in the Tribune they spent 3 Million of their own money. Shown here, they got 9.8 Million (from you) to do some work. Then they get another 17.5 Million from you. That gets them to a whopping 25 mph. That’s not fast enough to make money. They need to get to maybe 55mph. Based on the MILLIONS they already got from you, I’m assuming they will need another 35 Million from you to get to 55mph (again of your money).
So looking around Columbus County, what could RJ Corman possibly haul to justify 50 or 60 million dollars of your tax money. Count ‘em up. I dare you.
Here’s my prediction. Unless there is a major industrial revolution in Columbus County, this will be MILLIONS of your tax dollars down the drain. And just as a reminder, your country is $22 Trillion in debt right now.
Assuming there are around 3500 people in Tabor City NC, at $60,000,000, they could have written everyone in town a check for over $17,000. I’d rather have the check. How about you? That would really boost the local economy!
Here is a project using $800,000 of your tax money to renovate an old building on 5th street for a “business incubator”. With the town manager stating that “there is no available space left in Tabor City for new business opportunities".
So I’m guessing all the closed up, boarded up buildings around town don’t count?
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Tabor City, North Carolina is located in Columbus County in the southeast corner
of the State. Tabor City was founded as a rural market town on the Atlantic Coast
Railroad. Our history as an agicultural center can still be seen today with our fields
of corn, lumber yards, and grain silos. The municipality has a population of 4,287
and is located within 30 minutes of the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, SC and
Brunswick County, NC).
While many people know us because we are the way to the Grand Strand, we are
so much more than that. We are award-winning campgrounds, locally owned
restaurants, muscadine wines, and family values. We are a friendly community,
where you will always be greeted with a wave and a smile whether at a football
game on Friday night or at the NC Yam Festival held each October.
While areas around us have changed with hasty growth, suburban lifestyles,
and traffic jams, we have maintained our identity as a true southern town with
our laid-back hospitality, sense of community pride, and nostalgic return to