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4The Daily Tar HeelFriday, April 21,
fuels NFL interest
By CHUCK WILLIAMS
An NFL exhibition game to be
played in Raleigh in August has
sparked more talk about the
possibility of bringing an NFL
team to North Carolina.
An exhibition game between the
New York Jets and the Philadel
phia Eagles will be played in
Raleigh at Carter-Finley Stadium
on Aug. 20. The game may indi
cate the level of interest in having
a professional football team in the
Two groups, one from North
Carolina and one from South
Carolina, are trying to purchase
an NFL franchise.
George Shinn, the owner of the
Charlotte Hornets NBA team and
the Charlotte Knights, a minor
league baseball team, is trying to
bring a team to North Carolina.
Jerry Richardson, a S.C. business
man and former NFL player, is
trying to bring a team to South
Charlotte has been mentioned
as a possible site for a team from
which both states would benefit.
Charlotte could be a very good
market for an NFL team, said
George Shinn, owner of the
"I think a pro football team will
be as beneficial to the area as the
Hornets team," Shinn said. MI
think the Charlotte market is very
strong, and the fact that weVe
done so well with the Hornets
team has caused the NFL to look
Costs for purchasing a franchise
are far from finalized, but esti
mates range from $50 to $75
million, Shinn said.
Despite some doubts as to
whether the Charlotte market
Council members. request backing for proposed impact tax
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
A memorandum has been submit
ted to the Chapel Hill mayor and
town council requesting support for
the proposed Orange County impact
tax and affordable housing.
Town council members David
Godschalk and Arthur Werner sub
mitted a resolution which recom
mends the town support a draft bill
to authorize the impact tax in Orange
The memorandum said that during
the past year, the Intergovernmental
Work Group, a committee consisting
of representatives from Orange
County, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and
Hillsborough, has been considering
alternative sources of revenue.
This committee developed a draft
bill which would authorize Orange
County to levy an excise tax on the
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could support an NFL team,
Shinn is optimistic.
"Charlotte is the smallest area
to support a pro basketball team,
yet 80 percent of our season tickets
sales are from Mecklenburg
County, and we lead the league
in attendance," he said. "It's not
the size of the market, it's how you
market the market."
Shinn is also building a stadium
to accommodate the team.
"I have 500 acres off (Interstate)
Highway 77 in York County,
S.C," he said. "We are currently
building a baseball stadium for the
Charlotte Knights which could
expand to (seat) . 70,000. NFL
architects have worked closely
there so that the stadium might
meet their specifications."
A good showing at the exhibi
tion game in Raleigh would cer
tainly help the Charlotte plans,
Gov. Jim Martin, an avid sports
fan, has also supported the idea
of bringing a team to Raleigh.
"He (Martin) has made quite a
few efforts in this area," said David
Prather, spokesman for the gov
ernor's office. "He was part of this
effort to bring in the game, and
he and Governor Campbell of
South Carolina are working to
bring a team to Charlotte!"
The governor's office was not
taking sides on which group
should purchase the franchise,
The NFL has not yet formed
a specific committee to examine
the possibility of a team in
The two teams decided to play
the game in Raleigh, and the NFL
had nothing to do with the deci
sion, said Dick Maxwell, spokes
man for the NFL.
impact of land development within
Orange County, Carrboro and
Chapel Hill held a public hearing on
March 30 to provide residents with
the opportunity to express opinions
concerning the impact tax.
Under the impact tax bill, any
individual or development group
responsible for the construction of
housing or commercial buildings
would have to pay the tax. The
impact tax would be assessed accord
ing to the impact of each
According to a Intergovernmental
Work Group report released in
February, commercial and residential
revenues from a $1 impact tax would
generate $488,450 annually for
Orange County and the municipal
ities within the county would share
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By JOANNA DAVIS
Carrboro Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird
may face opposition from former
Mayor Jim Porto in the upcoming
Porto said he would like to see a
qualified candidate run for Carrboro
mayor but if no one else runs against
Kinnaird, then he will. "I still haven't
decided because I'm very busy."
Kinnaird has made progress during
her term as Carrboro mayor, but she
has not worked up to the full potential
of the office in areas, Porto said.
Kinnaird is successful at "cutting
the ribbons of new businesses" and
representing Carrboro at other social
gatherings, he said. "But when it
comes down to actually negotiating
with Orange County and other area
officials, I don't feel she's been
Many residents would like Porto
to run for re-election, he said.
Kinnaird said she wanted to con-
Service district analysis to be
By CHARLES BRITTAIN
The Chapel Hill Town Council will
receive a report from Town Manager
David Taylor Monday on the down
town revitalization service district
proposed by the Chapel Hill
Carrboro Downtown Commission.
According to the town manager's
report, the downtown service district
would mean a tax rate of 7 cents per
$100 of property value for the
businesses within the district.
"For an owner of property subject
to property taxes, the supplemental
rate would mean a tax of $70 per
$100,000 of taxable valuation or
about $6 per month," the report said.
On Feb. 13, the Chapel Hill
Carrboro Downtown Commission
presented a petition to the town
council requesting the establishing of
the tax revenues. The revenues would
fund the planning, design, construc
tion and improvement of public
facilities used during land develop
ment, such as roads.
The committee's report said, "The
purpose of the tax is to generate funds
to partially offset the cost of new and
replacement facilities which are
necessary in part by new growth
within Orange County."
The committee said a tax on county
development would be an appro
priate way to fund the cost of capital
needs which can not be attributed to
one development project. The tax is
also supposed to take the burden off
county residents who are often forced
to pay for the increase in capital needs
caused by new development.
The construction of government
buildings or buildings owned by non
profit organizations would be exempt
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tinue the progress made during her
term. "There are a lot of programs
I'm interested in and interested in
a municipal service district in the
The proposed service district would
include downtown Chapel Hill on
both sides of Franklin and Rosemary
streets from property fronting the east
side of Henderson Street to the town
limits at Merritt Mill Road.
The manager's report says the
residential and suburban growth in
downtown Chapel Hill has "dimin
ished" the area as "the center of the
community's commercial, institu
tional, cultural, legal and financial
The report also mentions the
results of a February Downtown
Commission survey among residents
and businesses that tried to determine
the needs of downtown.
According to the survey, residents
and businesses are concerned about
from the impact tax.
The impact tax would be placed
on each square foot of dwelling space
and enclosed commercial floor space.
Godschalk and Werner also pre
sented a resolution to the mayor and
the council to affirm Chapel Hill's
By TRACY LAWSON .
Approximately 700 walkers are
expected to participate Sunday in the
third annual Chapel Hill-Cairboro
CROP (Christian rural overseas
Irene Briggaman, chairwoman of
Inter-Faith Council (IFC) public
relations, said the walk would begin
at 1 p.m. with registration and
entertainment by Djevojke, a group
of five or six musicians who perform
lively eastern European music.
The pre-walk ceremony will begin
at 1:45 p.m. and will include speeches
by Carrboro Mayor Eleanor Kin
naird, Chapel Hill Mayor Jonathan
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Improved roads to alleviate traffic
problems in downtown Carrboro is
a project that needs to be accomp
lished, she said.
Kinnaird said representing Carr
boro residents has been her favorite
role as mayor.
"We need to show our people and
organization that the town cares for
them. They get to know somebody
in town and feel they have some type
of contact." , ;
Board of Aldermen members
Judith Wegner, Hilliard Caldwell and
Tom Gurganus will also be up for
re-election in November.
Caldwell has not decided yet
whether he will run for re-election or
for another town office. "I'd like to
continue to serve the citizens."
The board has made a lot of
progress, Caldwell said.
"I think things are going very1 well.
We have an excellent staff on the
board now . . . We haven't had a tax
traffic conditions that affect the
accessibility of the downtown. The
survey also indicated a need for
improvements to downtown
The service district tax would
generate a revenue of $50,000 for the
revitalization of downtown Chapel
The revenue from the service
district would finance two downtown
trolleys, sidewalk cleaning, capital
improvements, downtown promo
tion and special monthly events. .
The two downtown trolleys would
run on a route with stops along West
Franklin and Rosemary streets. The
trolleys are designed to "enhance
accessibility within the downtown
area during the midday shopping and
lunch periods," the report said.
The capital improvements will
commitment to providing affordable
The resolution said the availability
of affordable housing in Chapel Hill
is a public goal and supports the
exemption of publicly owned or
publicly assisted housing from the
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Howes and Ron Savage, a sportscas
ter for WTVD channel 11.
The 10-kilometer walk will begin
at 2 p.m., and it begins and ends at
Carrboro Elementary School.
There are four rest stops along the
walk route. At each of the rest stops,
there will be drinking water, rest
rooms and live entertainment, she
In 1987, 250 walkers participated
in the Chapel Hill CROP Walk, and
$12,500 was raised. Last year, more
than 500 people were involved in the
walk and the IFC raised $26,000. This
year the IFC hopes to increase
involvement to 700 people and to
raise $32,000, Briggaman said.
Most of the walkers are recruited
through participation drives at local
"This year we anticipate that
approximately 50 people will partic
ipate from our church," said Gary
Heeter, walk organizer for Chapel of
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Carrboro residents determine the
major town issues, Gurganus said.
Water quality and the Orange County
Landfill are town issues now.
Gurganus said UNC students
participated in the election whenever
there was an issue pertinent to them.
"The students haven't been very
active in the past few years. I havent
seen an issue that has really gotten
"A student ran for a seat on' the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen in 1985.
I think he (the student) underesti
mated some of the effort it would
involve, and I think he underesti
mated some of the issues."
Caldwell said that he would have
no problem if a student ran for a seat
on the board and that he would
support student voters. "I will not
overlook student votes. There's a lot
of pros and cons with student voters,
but I think students have a right to
include landscaping, benches arid
beautification improvements ' to
Revenue from the service district
would also be used to promote the
downtown through a dining and
shopping guide, a marketing package
for new businesses and a monthly
newsletter. - ' -
N.C. state law allows the town to
establish service districts for down
town revitalization, water drainage
and public parking. -
The town manager's report follows
N.C. procedures for establishing ' a
service district with a supplemental
property tax rate. .
The town council has scheduled a
public hearing- for May 22 to allow
residents and business owners the
opportunity to discuss the service
The N.C. General Assembly will
decide if the impact tax should be
The town council will discuss the
impact tax memorandum at its
the Cross, church. "This number is up
considerably from last year."
Briggaman said CRbP began after
World War I to aid underprivileged
"However, today CROP is a
misnomer because it (the organiza
tion) helps more than just people
oversees, the money comes from
more than just rural areas, and it is
not a totally Christian organization."
The money raised from CROP
walks is used internationally to help
stop hunger. , ;
"This year, 25 percent of the money
raised will remain at the IFC,"
Briggaman said. "This money has
been earmarked to go to the pantry
and community soup kitchen."
From the CROP Walk proceeds,
75 percent of the money minus a
percentage for operating expenses
will go to international hunger
agencies sponsored by Church World
Service, she said. ''
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