Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, Durham
Mayor Bill Bell and Chapel Hill Town Councilman Ed Harrison (who lives
in the Durham County part of Chapel Hill) did a talk show together
today on WCHL.
Transit, downtowns, greenspace and mixed-use developments were
moderator Ron Stutts's suggested topics of discussion, but it seemed
like no matter what the panelists had to say they were talking about
At one point, Harrison (right) let it all hang out:
"It's something we're facing every [council] meeting, more and more:
How do we pay for our quality of life? If you want this quality of
life, you have to pay for it.
"Getting stuff paid for is the major challenge right now," he said. "Chapel Hill citizens can be very demanding."
The dignitaries' conversation went on in front of a live audience at
the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' office in
Harrison mentioned one specific price: a half-cent sales tax to be
put toward regional transit. Durham, Orange and Wake counties are
considering a simultaneous referendum on such a tax in November 2011.
"If we pass the referendum and give ourselves a small sales tax, very small, the benefits will be tremendous," he said.