Important Message for the Citizens of High Point.

I am a native and lifelong resident of High Point, a city I deeply love. I am a candidate because I am very concerned about the future of our city, and in particular our efforts to promote economic development and improved quality of life in High Point. In addition, during the past two years I have become increasingly concerned with numerous chilling statistics about High Point’s current economic status:

  • Since 2007, High Point’s per capita income has fallen 26% and now stands at $19,319.00.
    (Source: Greensboro News & Record, September 22, 2011 & US Census Bureau)
  • In the 2012 property tax revaluation, 61% of real property in High Point declined in value, resulting in a decreased tax base of $307.6 million. In the last 3 years, total property values have decreased $439.5 million
    (Source: City of High Point)
  • Based on the 2012 revaluation, the value of downtown furniture showroom properties has declined 8.5% while the value of downtown Greensboro real property increased 20%.
    (Source: Greensboro News & Record, June 19, 2012 & City of High Point)
  • High Point is now ranked as the 2nd most-expensive city in North Carolina in the “NC Stewardship Index” of cities (which ranks cities based on combined property tax and water/sewer rates).
    (Source: NC Stewardship Index, Michael Jacobs, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)
  • Despite ranking 9th in population, High Point ranks 16th in taxable retail sales … behind smaller cities Asheville, Burlington, Concord, Gastonia, Greenville, and Hickory.
    (Source: NC Department of Revenue)
  • High Point’s unemployment rate has exceeded 10% for 34 of the last 42 months and now stands at 10% - higher than both the state and national averages.
    (Source: NC Employment Security Commission)

More disturbing has been the lack of attention and response by our city government to these problems:

  • City Council raised property taxes and electric rates in 2011 and 2012 and water and sewer rates in 2011.
    (Source: City of High Point)
  • In 2012, City Council passed a $328 million budget that was $1,000,000 larger than proposed by the city manager and $10 million larger than 2011.
    (Source: Rhinoceros Times, June 21, 2012)
  • The 2012 budget included a pay raise for city employees despite the fact that 789 city employees make more than twice the city’s annual per capita income.
    (Source: Rhinoceros Times, June 14, 2012)
  • City Council has shown no desire to cut government spending, reform city government, attempt new initiatives for economic development, or improve the quality of life for High Pointers.

The above facts illustrate a city government that lacks long-term vision and focus.