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Proposed Fee Could Hurt Franklinton Business Development

Posted September 12, 2007

— Another Franklin County town is considering using capacity fees to help pay for infrastructure, but opponents say the measure might keep businesses away from the area, which is already struggling to attract new economic opportunities.

Town commissioners will continue debate next week about whether to implement the one-time fees for water and sewer hookup for new businesses in new buildings.

Louisburg and Creedmoor already have capacity fees.

"We certainly don't want to discourage business, but as business is born, it passes on their cost to their consumers," said Franklinton Town Manager Sharon Garner.

For locally owned, small businesses, the fee could be thousands of dollars.

Franklinton Commissioner Al Barbour, a former restaurant owner himself, still has reservations small businesses won't be able to afford the fee.

"Mom-and-pop days are over with," he said.

Calvin Allen, who recently opened a new restaurant, said that if the fee had been in place then, he would have had to find "other places, other small towns that don't charge the fee."

Allen said Franklinton should consider offering incentives rather than putting up obstacles, but Garner said the town is not in a position to offer any incentives.

She said she understands people might be upset by capacity fees, but added that they are a necessity if business owners want water and sewer lines extened to their new buildings.

"We just don't have the money to do it and not recover," she said.


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  • phoenixelon99 Sep 13, 2007

    First of all, at what point did Creedmoor become a part of Franklin County? And secondly...why is WRAL all of a sudden so interested in Franklinton? For fifteen years the only thing they covered was an occasional murder, and now they're all over the place. Interesting.

    Franklinton is doing what it can to handle growth...I don't know that the capacity fee is necessarily an 'obstacle'...of course, once the water and sewer systems are ready to handle growth (and they're about to be overhauled), then we can grow - by the size of the city limits and by the number of people the town can serve with water and sewer. That, in turn, will allow the town to eventually REDUCE fees and at the same time increase services. (Wierd to think about, but it can work that way.)

  • highergame4me Sep 13, 2007

    They are just following in Lucyburg's footsteps!

  • Tranewidow Sep 13, 2007

    That's Franklin County for you...I am leaving December 28th for good and leaving this whole rotten state. As a Louisburg resident for 25 years, I have been taxed to death and don't even get me started on utilities in the Town of Louisburg. $350.00/mo for a 1065 sq. ft. home???? I won't miss the good 'ol boys at all!

  • shine Sep 13, 2007

    You can charge anything you want or nothing..... If you don't have any water what difference does it make.

  • Phlootang Sep 13, 2007

    The thousand dollars or so in capacity fees is nothing in light of the capitalist Mecca that is Franklinton! I was thinking about opening a loitering shop there - business would be great (but profits not-so-good). I think it is good that they put obtacles in the way of small business in order to prevent the stampede of businesses clammering and jockeying to open a store. No one needs a downtown filled with pesky stores and shops.

  • RAPTOR Sep 12, 2007

    Elections are coming soon,get out and vote these idiots out.

  • raglangr Sep 12, 2007

    I swear to Christ, and I say this as a former Franklinton resident, that town doesn't know anything about business development and management. The town's government is just backwards as hell.