Roanoke Rapids Eying Sales Tax Increase

The Roanoke Rapids City Council has scheduled a public hearing for input on a proposed sales tax increase. The city wants a one cent local sales tax for items charged within the city limits.

A public notice for the hearing says the revenue from the tax increase would go towards paying debt obligations to the Roanoke Rapids Theatre.

The city took out a $21.5 million loan in 2005 to build the mega-music complex in hopes of spurring growth along I-95 in Halifax County. Partnerships with Randy Parton and Lafayette Gatling have failed.

The public hearing will be on the agenda for the March Regular Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Andrews City Meeting Hall.


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  • by Anon on Feb 20, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    why didnt u let him get BIG NAME shows there that would bring in funds to pay him and for the very nice facility and other accommendations. MOTEL FOOD ETC That otherswise Roanoke Rapids would never have... SHAME ON ROANOKE RAPID CITY COUNCIL FOR RIPPING OFF THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
  • by Randy Who? on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:59 AM
    Not only is Randy laughing, but they've taken his name off the theater years ago and now they don't have him to blame anymore (no scapegoat). At least with his name on the front they could point the finger at him...but now, the memory of his involvement will fade.
  • by Jim Location: 27842 on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Another get rich quick ploy that did not work--Randy Parton laughed all the way to the bank!!!
  • by Middle Of Nowhere on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:48 PM
    Location, Location, Location. There...I said it!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Use it to house the N.C legislature in a new down east building,they buy into stupid stuff like that.I am sure the democrat's can find the money somewhere.
  • by RdoubleD on Feb 16, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    They def. deserve it. They all bought on to it. Not the brightest area in the state. Poor area, got sold on it. Prob has the highest lotto sales of anywhere. Who would have thought R.Parton could draw them in?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Now that is a load of junk!! They should book more shows and better shows to get the money they need, not steal it from the people!!!!!!!!!
  • by BEACHBUM3 on Feb 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    THE STATE GOVERNMENT AN THE LOCAL CITYS AN TOWNS GOVERNMENT NEED TO QUIT MAKING COMMITMENTS THAT THEY CANT AFFORD TO LIVE UP TO IN THESE ISSUES OF CONTRACTING AN CONTRACTS THAT END UP COSTING THE HECK OUT OF THE INDIVSUAL CITIZENS OF THESE TOWNS & CITYS THE STATES TAXPAYERS HAVE PUT HUGH AMOUNTS OF TAX REVENUS IN THE FIXING OF TURNING LANS OFF OF I-95 an other state funde improvement areoud the theather area thank you
  • by beachbum3 on Feb 16, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    In my opinion there shoud be such an outcrying comming from the citizens of roanoke rapids over this issue that they would be force to recind the idea totaly for this complet boondoggle in the first place for them tryin to be so big minded an with such high reachin ideas in the first place they should fire their mayor an the towns clouncilmen as well thank you
  • by Justice on Feb 16, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    Heres the problem with this theather in a nutshell: 1. It seats 1500 in a theather style seating, you cant get class acts there which cost megabucks, without charging megabucks per ticket. Who would pay 250 per ticket to see George Strait? 2. Acts which are less than top caliber charge less, but whos going to sit in a theater seat, pay 40$, when you drive down the road to any nightclub, pay 10 bucks,see the same acts, and dance and drink. Name one performer where you can charge 40bucks, where people would be willing to sit in a theather style seat, and the performer is not playing in a nightclub down the road the next weekend? Anyone who crunches the numbers and studies the reality of the situation, would have known it would fail.
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