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6The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, March 30, 1989
Hearing to examine proposed tax
The Chapel Hill Town Council, the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen and the
Orange County Board of Commis
sioners will sponsor a hearing tonight
on a proposed impact tax that has
some home builders worried.
The three bodies of government
want comments from residents on a
law that would tax the developers and
buyers of new homes, Alderman
Judith VVegner said. This group
would be taxed to compensate for the
burden that the new residential area
puts on local government.
The local governments have
requested that the N.C. General
Assembly approve the tax law,
Wegner said. There is a time on the
assembly's schedule to consider the
issue, but the three governments
wanted public response to the tax
before it is presented to the assembly.
Bill Kalkhof, a member of the
Home Builders Association, said this
tax would harm the economic health
of the area instead of helping it.
"The selling of reasonably priced
homes will be affected negatively,"
One study, made of the Woodcroft
development in Durham, showed
that the project actually increased the
local government's revenues, he said.
The project had a capital cost of
$530,000 and an annual cost of
$80,000 for Durham.
The project brings in over $1
million annually to Durham through
taxes and other ways, he said.
Kalkhof said he wondered why new
homeowners had to pay for infra
structure which would support the
In some cases in the legislation
these funds can be used for jails, he
said. "What does new development
have to do with jails?"
David Godschalk, member of the
task force pushing for the tax, said
the funds would go toward three main
needs: schools, roads and stormwater
Projects such as roads cannot be
improved block by block; improve
ments must be done on the whole
system, he said.
Home builders would be more in
favor of an impact fee, which local
governments are now approved to
use, Kalkhof said. Impact fees are
more narrow and would keep such
revenues confined to compensating
for the costs of development.
Impact fees require more overhead
and cost more to apply because of
the regulations, Godschalk said.
The governments would benefit
more per dollar collected with an
impact tax, he said. The main reason
for imposing the impact tax instead
of a fee is the tax's flexibility.
The meeting will be held in the
Mayor likely to rym for re-election
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
City Editor '
As November approaches, Chapel
Hill Mayor Jonathan Howes has
announced he will probably run for
re-election and said a possible tax
increase may be an important cam
Mayor Howes said he will make
an official statement concerning his
plans for the November elections
within the next few weeks.
"I haven't made an official
announcement yet, but I expect to
run for re-election in November," he
In November. Mayor Howes and
four town council members will be
hp for re-election. The council
members include Julie Andresen,
David Godschalk, Art Werner and
Howes said it is too early to discuss
what the issues of the town elections
will be, but a possible tax increase
may be an important part of most
"If residents are going to have to
pay a sizable tax increase next year,
that will be a very important issue,"
he said. "I am personally against a
town tax increase."
It is important that students take
an active interest in the town elec
tions, Howes said.
Student participation in town
government is very important
because students make up a large part
of the community and they can have
an affect on town policies, he said.
"I think it is very good that students
are interested in participating in local
government," Howes said.
Several students have run very
strong campaigns for town council
positions in the past, and this was
because it gave potential voters
someone to rally around, he said.
In 1987, Rob Friedman and Cha
rles Balan, two University students,
ran unsuccessfully for town council.
Gene Davis, a candidate for
speaker of Student Congress, said he
is considering running for town
council in November.
Council member Julie Andresen
said she encourages students to
participate, but running for public
office takes a large amount of time
many students are not able to
Students also have to be informed
not only about issues affecting the
University but also about all of the
town's problems, Andresen said.
Howes said University students are
a very important voting bloc that
candidates running for Chapel Hill
offices try to influence.
"We registered a large number of
students during the last election, but
my observation is that not as many
students vote as are registered,"
Application for parking permits to
By SHERRY WATERS
Preregistration for student parking
permits for the 1989-90 year will' be
April 3-28 at the Office of Transpor
tation and Parking Serv ices, officials
Every enrolled student who wishes
to purchase a permit must do so by
application, said John Devitto,
director of Transportation and Park
ing. Students will not be able to
purchase permits over the phone, and
applications will not be accepted after
the April 28 deadline, he said.
Student Congress is responsible for
deciding how many students' will be
allowed to purchase a parking space,
he said. The student government
transportation board will meet Mon
day with Transportation and Parking
Services officials to discuss a proposal
for deciding who is eligible for a
parking space, he said.
Students who have a valid UNC
parking permit have a pre-printed
application already on file, but
students must be sure the office has
correct license plate numbers, regis
trations and mailing addresses.
Students who applied for a permit
will be notified of their status by mail
in early June, Devitto said. Students
should expect to pay by check or cash
before the deadline stated in the letter,
he said. If granted, the permits will
be mailed out in early August.
OK public dialogue
on permit reouest
By ELIZABETH SHERROD
The Carrboro Board of Alder
men voted Tuesday to grant a
public hearing on a conditional use
permit for Southern States which
would allow the construction of
a garden center and a paved
The Southern States is located
on the east side of North Greens
boro Street between Parker Street
and Poplar Street.
The permit application was
approved in compliance with the
requirements of the land use
ordinance, and the board placed
four conditions on the permit.
The pole lights in the parking
area will not operate hetween the
hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. due
to the close proximity of the
residential area. However, lighting
for the nursery will be allowed all
The stormwater management
system must be approved by the
town engineer prior to the appro
val of the construction plans, and
a pedestrian walkway from
Greensboro Street to the existing
store is required along the wrought
The board also recommended a
stop or caution sign be added to
the stipulations. Philip Post, a
spokesman for Southern States
said the addition of a sign would
not present any problems.
The main focus of construction
is to add a greenhouse and to
renovate, Post said. A garden area
will be moved to consolidate the
retail and greenhouse areas.
"All current traffic patterns will
be preserved," he said.
Helen Waldrop, zoning admin
strator, said Southern States owns
approximately 2.16 acres of land
and is proposing to add a 200
square foot greenhouse on the t
front of the existing building.
A storage area will also be u
moved for the construction of the.'u
paved parking lot, Waldrop said. (
There will not be any external
changes to the front of the building
except for the greenhouse, she
In other business, the boards
voted to continue to delay a public
hearing on requested construction;
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Bill Spang, a spokesman for the
Amberly project, said time is a
major factor since construction VA
must be under way by July 28.
The developer has had 18
months to move on the project and 1
nothing has been done, Carrboro n
Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird said. It-'
is unfair to ask the board to speed
up deliberations now, she said. '
"I hesitate to spend more time
on it," Alderman Judith Wegner
said. "I think we should take it'
in due course."
Board member Hilliard Cald
well said delaying a public hearing
would put the issue in jeopardy
of a pocket veto.
"It would be more above board
and straightforward for us to
make a decision on the fate of the
project," Caldwell said.
Fair to target careers in allied health
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Food (all meals)
Utilitities, your share
Gas, for commuting
Granville appears to be more expensive, but really isn't. We have
n't included other things here which will cost you money in an apart
ment that you may not have considered, like furniture, toilet paper,
light bulbs, cleaning products, a shower curtain, kitchen utensils,
and possibly a vacuum cleaner. And have you thought about one of
your roommates moving out, or suddenly coming up short of money,
leaving you with the responsibility of hisher rent (ever have a hard
time collecting just part of the phone bill)? At Granville, all of your
living expenses are included in one payment, and you are respon
sible only for your own room and board.
Plus, in Granville Towers, you have to convenience of being walk
ing distance to classes and downtown, thus not having to ride the
bus, or trying to park your car in a town that presents parking night
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By JOEY HILL
The Department of Allied Health
Professions will hold its second
annual Career Awareness and
Recruitment Job Fair today from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carmichael Gym.
The fair is designed to raise student
awareness about careers in allied
health, which involve all medical
professionals other than doctors,
nurses and dentists, said Robert
Thorpe, an allied health associate
The fair will also give the allied
health department a chance to recruit
students and to provide employers of
allied health professionals the oppor
tunity to recruit from attending
students, he said.
More than 100 recruiters from the
allied health professions department
will attend the fair, Thorpe said.
About 250 UNC allied health stu
dents, in addition to students in allied
health programs in area junior and
four-year colleges, will attend, he
Also, students from at least 50 high
schools are expected to attend the
fair, and anyone who is interested is
invited to the fair, Thorpe said.
Recruiters will come from North
Carolina and several other states, said
Jonathan Ross, a spokesman for the
medical school. Participants will
include the Charleston Area Medical
Center in Charleston, W.Va., Hos
pice Care in Mount Olive and Duke
"We will look at graduating seniors
and at juniors who will graduate next
year," said Raellen Wonder, a spokes
woman for Humana Hospital in
Augusta, Ga., one of the participating
k Representatives at the job fair will
discuss the seven fields in allied health
professions: cytotechnology, medical
technology, occupational therapy,!
physical therapy, radiologic science,'
rehabilitation counseling and speech
and hearing science.
Students already enrolled in UNC's'
allied health department will be!
available to discuss the program and!
professions with interested students,!
Thorpe said. "Students are often (the.
department's) best recruiters, he!
, said. ;
Freshmen who have not decided,'
on a major could benefit from the;
fair, Thorpe said.
Ross said many, people become
very interested when they find out!
about the benefits of allied health.
Thorpe said recruiters are trying to !
attract undergraduate, graduate and.
high school students. "The idea;
behind this is that there is a shortage ;
of people now (in allied health;
professions)," he said.
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