Letter: Don’t let Rowan go back to sleep

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In the early 1800s, North Carolina was known as the “Rip Van Winkle State,” as other states grew, invested, and prospered while North Carolina seemed to be asleep. In many ways, Rowan County has been “Rowan Van Winkle” as the region around us has grown and prospered in recent decades and local governments have adapted to a changing demographics and economic challenges.

Under the positive, professional, and hardworking efforts of Greg Edds, Judy Klusman and Jim Greene, Rowan County has finally started showing signs of waking up.

Since taking office in 2014, these three commissioners have accomplished many things their opponents refuse to acknowledge. Property tax rates have remained flat. The county tax base has grown over $500 million since 2014, which has meant increased revenue for the county without increasing taxes. They’ve worked with all municipalities (without showing favoritism) and improved the working relationship with the Board of Education. The county’s financial health has improved with the county’s bond rating increasing.

This is thanks to a growing tax base, and the relationships commissioners have built within the county. Our unemployment rate has dropped more than any other county in the region since 2015. And despite what their opponents proclaim, all three are on record supporting countywide water and sewer.

Needless to say, we have come a long way in four years of their leadership, without shouting, name calling or other embarrassing, unprofessional conduct. Their positive leadership has already shown success, even though the road before us is still long. This path must continue, and we cannot simply “go back to sleep!” Vote for Greg Edds, Judy Klusman, and Jim Green.

— Eric Shock