Thursday, September 29, 2016
There should be some kind of insurance policy that covers you for anxiety attacks, buckled knees leading to collapse, chest palpitations, heart failure or worse when the IRS sends you an ominous looking envelope that says “Official Business – Penalty for Private Use, $300.”
It looked like a torrential downpour was about to cut loose as accurately predicted by meteorologist, Brent Watts at WDBJ. I had not made my daily trek to the mailbox yet so I’d better hustle I said to myself.
As I usually do upon exiting my front door I pulled the door closed just enough to not latch it.
Why you say do I do that? Easy answer – by some twist of my faithful front door knob in
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Candidate for Mayor Sam Rasoul announced today that he believes the lower tax assessments in Northwest Roanoke are part of a larger problem stemming from decades of deferred capital improvements and a lack of quality job opportunities for all citizens – two critical factors that have contributed to the spike in foreclosures in Northwest.
“Northwest was hit the hardest for two reasons: the city has neglected to improve the area over the years, and we don’t have enough good paying jobs accessible to everyone. When knocking on doors and speaking to the citizens of Northwest, we see a marked difference between many neighborhoods here and other parts of the city,” Rasoul states. “Streets are unpaved, roads lack signs, and it’s not safe to have major roads without sidewalks. Let’s lift up all parts of the city and bring jobs that pay a living wage.”
Rasoul wants the city to ensure that capital improvements are fairly distributed to all parts of the city.
With the effects of the lower tax assessments dramatically affecting so many areas, Rasoul believes citizens have not been given enough time to appeal by the February 1st deadline.
“That is less than one month,” Rasoul says. “At the very least, I would hope that the Mayor would join me in pushing for the appeal deadline to be extended to ensure every citizen is well informed and can make an educated decision, especially with one-third of Roanoke’s properties seeing a reduction in value.”
Rasoul is running for Mayor of Roanoke in a head-to-head primary with current Mayor David Bowers. The Firehouse Primary will be held at William Fleming High School on Saturday, February 4, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2012, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: Council_elections, democrat, Election 2012, Elections, neighborhood