When there is a clear and definitive option that will establish a revenue-neutral budget, which is what government should always strive to achieve, then it is incumbent upon the elected officials of Huntersville to do the right thing for our citizens. The options are simple: vote for a tax increase or not. Any commissioner that votes for the proposed budget that does not set the tax rate at 27.5 cents per $100 property valuation will be voting for a tax increase – period! Tough choices abound, but I will not face the citizens and say that I voted for a tax increase when clearly there is an option not to do so. I implore each Huntersville citizen to remember this in the next election for those that vote for this budget and espouse to be fiscal conservatives and Republicans – wolves in sheep clothing comes to mind.

– Ken Lucas,
Huntersville Commissioner