Did you know that the local shop half a mile from the park where your kids like to play now sells alcohol? or that the prominent business in the community hasn't paid their property taxes in over a year? Were you aware that the vacant house in your neighborhood has been rezoned as a business?
Well, being in the dark about issues that directly impact your community could be the norm if a new bill is approved by the North Carolina General Assembly.
Like a reoccurring nightmare, house members have yet again filed legislation to run public notices on government-operated websites instead of in newspapers. In what feels like an attempt to keep the public in the dark, separate bills have been proposed that would impact 14 counties in the Piedmont and mountains and 12 counties in Eastern North Carolina.