Survey questions tax uses

DAVIDSON – How important is it to have town tennis courts? What’s the priority if you have to pay additional taxes to get them?

These are some of the questions Davidson commissioners hope to get answered through an upcoming citizen survey. In March, a random sampling of residents in town limits will receive the National Citizen Survey about various aspects of town. Davidson staff generates the final five questions and takes them into account when making decisions.

During their Feb. 11 meeting, Davidson commissioners hashed out what they want to know from residents.

Among the questions is consideration about changing schedules for trash and recycling, plus reinstating vacuum leaf collection for $32 a year per household. They also want to know about improving green space, public art and athletic fields – with or without using more tax money to do it.

The surveys have previously been conducted in 2007 and 2012. Those questions pertained to how the town growth and transportation as well as town funding. They received more than 400 responses in 2012.


Dinner at Davidson raises thousands for students

DAVIDSON — The annual “Dinner at Davidson” raised more than $35,000 to help prospective Class of 2018 Davidson College students pay for school.

In 2007, Davidson College opted to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need through a combination of grants from the Davidson Trust and campus employment in lieu of loans. In 2010, members from the Student Government Association External Affairs Committee, led by Jordan Stark, joined the effort by establishing Dinner at Davidson, a student-led fundraiser to raise awareness and money for the Davidson Trust.

Stark returned as guest speaker Feb. 7 for the fifth annual Dinner at Davidson.


Candidate races heat up

CHARLOTTE – Having announced his candidacy in December, Cornelius Republican John Bradford made his intent to run against Lynette Rinker for the N.C. House of Representatives District 98 slot official Feb. 14.

The pair is vying for a spot on the November ballot to challenge Democrat Natasha Marcus, if no one else files.

Also filing this week were Trevor Fuller of Charlotte, for the Mecklenburg County at-large slot against Patricia Cotham. George Dunlap of Charlotte, who filed for the District 3 seat.

Republican Robert Pittenger, of Charlotte filed for re-election for the U.S. House of Representatives District 9 seat.

Candidates have until Feb. 28 to file at their board of elections to be included on primary and November ballots.