Local Government Should Focus on Freedom

Local Government Should Focus on Freedom

Local governments should focus on using existing revenues more efficiently, monitoring the effectiveness of school funding, and simplifying rules for land use and zoning. Those are three key recommendations in the John Locke Foundation’s new City and County Issue Guide 2014.

The new guide arrives before local governments begin planning for their 2014-15 budget years.

“This guide covers topics ranging from taxes to transit, from smart growth to stadiums, from education to economic development,” said Dr. Roy Cordato, JLF vice president for research and resident scholar. “The common …

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Libertarian Elected, But Can’t Serve

Libertarian Elected, But Can’t Serve

One Libertarian was elected to a municipal office Nov. 5, but unfortunately he won’t be able to serve. According to unofficial results, Matt Hoerner was elected to the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners in Cumberland County. But he’s serving as a federal government civilian employee in Korea. He said if his election was certified, he would resign.

He emailed the county board of elections in October withdrawing from the race. Hoerner wasn’t taken off the ballot, however, because the BOE needed a signed written statement. He …

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Land Use Rules Keep Prices High

Land Use Rules Keep Prices High

The trouble low-income families have in finding affordable housing in Chapel Hill is a  natural outcome of current town policy, writes Bjørn Pedersen in a letter published in The Daily Tar Heel today.

The policy limits development in the majority of the town to low-density construction of single-family homes, Pedersen said, often with additional restrictions that further limit the living area available in those residences.

“These sorts of legal limits prevent the supply of housing from rising to meet the demand for it, and the least fortunate among us …

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