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Roanoke Rapids approves budget, tax hike

Posted June 25, 2008

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— The Roanoke Rapids City Council approved a budget Tuesday night that includes a 5 percent tax increse.

The increase, which will cost the owner of a $100,000 an extra $50 a year, will help the city to recover some of the money lost on its investment in the music theater formerly operated by country music singer Randy Parton.

City Manager Phyllis Lee said the increase would help pay for a cost-of-living raise for city employees, but she acknowledged that the city has spent $739,000 more than it has taken in since the Roanoke Rapids Theatre opened.

Part of the city's loss comes from a $547,000 buyout of Parton's contract. The theater's former namesake was hired in 2005 to help jump-start the $21.5 million, 1,500-seat entertainment complex along Interstate 95.

Lower-than-projected attendance and revenue, as well as controversies over spending, ultimately led to the city's ending its relationship with Parton in January.

The management company brought in after Parton also terminated its contract with the city in February, claiming the city owed the firm more than $100,000.

City officials announced in May that Gilmore Entertainment of Myrtle Beach, S.C., would run the theater and produce its shows.


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  • davidgnews Jun 25, 2008

    tartar1 - I've been saying that since the beginning of the fiasco.

    Tired_of_LIBERALS - got anything intelligent to say other than apparent hatred? Can you identify the 'liberals' on the RR council for starters, and educate the rest of us?

  • CrewMax Jun 25, 2008

    Wasn't this fiasco an episode of "Andy Griffith"? If it wasn't, it
    could be.

  • Tired_of_LIBERALS Jun 25, 2008

    Only liberals seem to think that government need to be in the entertainment business! That is the LAST thing we need! That city needs to scuttle that theater and sell it to a private concern. They would probably make more off of it as tax income than sales profit, any way.

  • tartar1 Jun 25, 2008

    they should do a remodel and throw a casino there. that'll get those millions back FAST!

  • bs101fly Jun 25, 2008

    someone has to pay for Randy "no one knows who I am" Parton's retirement!
    Might as well be the dummies that elected their leaders!!!


    Roanoke Rapids City Council made mistakes with the theater so the tax payers have to bail them out. Well Iam going to take their lead and call all my customers and tell them I have mismanaged my business so Iam going up on there jobs. All my customers would leave. Maybe we should do the same and leave.

  • john60 Jun 25, 2008

    So now they're throwing yet more public money down the rathole that has become this failed program. I'm sure the voters in RR are going to just love this...

  • pebbles262004 Jun 25, 2008

    If this budget fails they'll blame that on Randy also,they remind me of little kids.They always want to place the blame on someone else...RR has made itself the laughing stock of N.C.

  • mindcrime Jun 25, 2008

    Sounds like the people of Roanoke Rapids need to start electing Libertarians to their city council. If they'd done so previously, they wouldn't have this mess to begin with.

    What a rip... this shows so clearly why we need to restrict government to it's only proper role: protecting our rights. No way should any government body be in the business of subsidizing failed/failing business ventures.


  • 68_polara Jun 25, 2008

    I like my che shirt much better. It has his picture with the following caption:

    Communist killed 100 million people and all I got was this stupid shirt.