EDITORIAL: Thumbs up

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Opportunity

The issue of a potential change in the way Lee County distributes sales tax revenues has officials at the City of Sanford and the Town of Broadway up in arms, but this week the stage was set for what could be very meaningful — and dividend-paying — dialogue among those involved.

At separate meetings Monday (held by the county’s board of commissioners) and Wednesday (by the Sanford City Council), joint meetings between the county commissioners and Broadway officials, and county commissioners and Sanford officials, were proposed. It appears all parties are amenable to sitting down to discuss the issue — and perhaps others, although it’s hard to say at this point what else might come up.

Plenty could — the county and city have had intermittent squabbles, and the county commission board’s new conservative majority has its sights set on lowering county tax rates, even if it’s at the expense of Sanford and Broadway. So it’s a good thing they’re planning separate sit-downs to chat.

THUMBS UP: Lee County Board of Education

The Lee County Board of Education appeared poised to take a vote on instituting a new year-round calendar for elementary and middle schools this week.

Instead, after hearing from concerned citizens for several hours, the school board chose not to vote on the measure but rather to delay such a decision.

There was no need to rush to a vote, especially if the board was to properly consider the comments from those many individuals who expressed their viewpoints of the proposal at the public hearing.

This board deserves congratulations on doing the right thing at the right time.

THUMBS UP: Central Harnett Hospital

Harnett County is adding a jewel that should greatly serve current and future county citizens.

A grand opening for the new $56 million, 50-bed Central Harnett Hospital was held this week, with the hospital set to officially open on Jan. 18.

Along with the future Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, East Carolina University dental school and Central Carolina Community College Health Sciences Building that all are being built near the new hospital, Harnett residents can rest assured that their county will be well prepared for future health care needs.

Congratulations to all involved with Harnett Health and its new hospital facility in Lillington.