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Cornelius budget draft calls for level tax rate in FY18

March 14. By Dave Yochum. While still in the preliminary stages, the town manager’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year looks like it will maintain the tax rate at the same level. The budget Town Manager Anthony Roberts’ budget is working on is in the $22 million range, about the same as the current […]

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Community meeting on hotel Wednesday

Aug. 8. A community meeting on the hotel and convention center proposed for West Catawba Avenue and Waterview Drive in Cornelius will be held at 6:30 pm Wednesday Aug. 10 at Town Hall. As proposed, the hotel would have 14 stories and 302 rooms. While planning board chair Brian Simmons said the project “would be […]

Quasi-judicial hearings almost totally gone

July 18. By Dave Vieser. With the conclusion of the July 18 public hearing regarding a new beauty salon on North Main Street, a cumbersome zoning process known as a quasi-judicial hearing is off the books in Cornelius. Taking its place is the more streamlined conditional district zoning process. Eliminating the quasi-judicial hearings for zoning […]

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Cornelius gathers for prayer at Town Hall 6 pm TODAY

There will be a Community Prayer Gathering on the steps of Town Hall at 6 pm Thursday to pray for the Cornelius Police Department and the community. Clergy participating include Michelle Hoverson, pastor for compassion ministries at Grace Covenant Church, and Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church. The idea for community prayer […]

Tax rate will rise 6% with new budget

June 21. By Dave Vieser. By a 4-1 margin, Cornelius Town commissioners approved a 1.5 cent increase in the town’s tax rate Monday. The $21.65 million FY 2017 budget will cost the owner of a median-priced $250,000 home about $37 more a year in town property taxes. The new rate is 25.5 cents per $100 assessed value. […]

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Tarte, business leaders, local officials call 11 am press conference

June 15. Just 17 hours after Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis muscled through a 5-0 no-confidence vote at Cornelius Town Hall, a former mayor of Cornelius will lead a press conference at 11 am today in Raleigh with another NC senator. Sen. David L. Curtis (R-Lincoln) and Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) will hold a press conference  regarding […]

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Cornelius Town Board Will Ask Mayor to Resign

  June 13. The Cornelius Town Board has called a special meeting for 6 pm Tuesday to ask Mayor Chuck Travis to immediately resign. A resolution circulated amongst the commissioners Sunday and today declared a lack of confidence in the mayor’s “ability to effectively and fairly represent the Town of Cornelius and further, the Cornelius Town Board […]

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Mayor issues detailed response to furor over State Capitol visit

June 11. In a prepared statement, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis defended his trip to Raleigh, along with Davidson Mayor John Woods, in support of the controversial Public Private Partnership that is building toll lanes on I-77 between Charlotte and Lake Norman. Here are his comments: “On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at 5:15pm, I attended a meeting […]

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Susan Tillis hosts Baby Bundle shower Thursday

May 17. Susan Tillis is hosting the Fort Bragg Armed Services Baby Bundle Shower on Thursday evening at Cornelius Town Hall. Her husband, Thom, a former Cornelius Town Commissioner and NC Speaker of the House, is a US Senator from North Carolina in his first term. Anyone can contribute baby items by bringing them directly […]

Public hearing on 8.3 % tax increase is Monday evening

May 15. By Dave Vieser. The public will have a chance to comment on the proposed $21.88 million municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year at Monday’s Town Board meeting. It calls for 2 cent tax hike, which amounts to an 8.3 percent tax increase. Just as important, commissioners will consider approving a resolution in support of State […]

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