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Elections to host public forum
on proposed precinct changes

To improve the Election Day voting experience for Orange County residents, the Board of Elections is considering several changes to precinct lines.

"Pursuant to Session Law 2019-16, the Orange County Board of Elections has taken up an offer from the North Carolina State Board of Elections to evaluate our current precincts lines and make recommendations to the State Board of Elections for any changes," said Jamie Cox, Orange County Board of Elections Chair. "As a county where a majority of our voters cast their ballots during the One Stop Early Voting period, we want to use this opportunity to make sure that our precincts are drawn in a way that provides the most convenient experience for our voters while optimizing use of public resources. We want to make sure that changes are beneficial without being overly disruptive.

"We are committed to conducting this process in an open, transparent way, and hope to hear the thoughts of as many stake-holders throughout the county as possible to ensure all voices are heard."

The Board of Elections will host a public forum on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at elections headquarters (208 S. Cameron Str., Hillsborough, NC 27278). Board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The proposed changes are available on the Orange County website and may impact numerous precincts. Public comment will be accepted until noon on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
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John Claude Bemis is the author of The Wooden Prince, Lord of Monsters, the Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, and Flora and the Runaway Rooster. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education and served as North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate.

Get Library Card, meet author

The Orange County Public Library announces a new twist on National Library Card Sign-up Month. Anyone who signs up for or renews a library card in Septemer will be entered into a drawing to have tea with Lee Smith or an ice cream sundae with John Claude Bemis.

Existing cardholders may enter the drawing if they bring a friend to the library to get a card. Come to any of our three locations to get a library card or to save time, begin the process 

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Lee Smith has received numerous writing awards, such as the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature and Mercer University's Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. Her novel The Last Girls was listed on the New York Times bestseller's list and won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

Orange County to host Brain Health Academy

The Orange County Department on Aging is proud to present the Brain Health Academy, a six-week educational program on achieving a healthy lifestyle and overall brain health.

The Academy will take place at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Sept. 18 and culminating in a graduation ceremony Oct. 30. Experts will share practical information and up-to-date research at each session.

The program is free. However, space is limited and participants must register by Wednesday, Sept. 11. For more information and to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
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County recognized for transportation emission reduction efforts 

Orange County was recognized with a Smart Fleet Award at the 2019 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo earlier this month. The NC Smart Fleet awards are given by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University.

N.C. Smart Fleet focuses on fleet commitment and accomplishments in reducing petroleum use, thus reducing CO2 emissions and other harmful emissions. North Carolina based fleets (both public and private sector) are recognized by the NCCETC as supporters, leaders or champions based on their sustainability practices.  

Orange County was recognized as an NC Smart Fleet Champion, along with BuildSense, Inc.; City of Charlotte; City of Durham; City of Greensboro Police Department; City of Raleigh; Greenwood Propane; EPES Transport; NCDOT Rail Division; North Carolina Propane Gas Association; Town of Cary; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Warren Wilson College.

Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition to meet with Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative

The Orange County Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative invites the public to a joint meeting with the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition on Tuesday, August 27, from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library in Meeting Room B.  Refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the Coalition’s affordable housing goals and priorities and to discuss how both entities can work together to address countywide affordable housing issues.

Key topics for discussion at this meeting are: creating housing opportunities for households earning less than 30% of the Area Median Income; establishing a rapid acquisition loan fund; and mitigating manufactured home park closures and displacement of low income residents.

Tax Office announces new web-based services

Orange County taxpayers and residents now have more information about their property at their fingertips, thanks to two new initiatives from the Orange County Tax Office.
Property Record Card (PRC) allows visitors to review data on record for your property. It combines the entire parcel and property details into a single place. You can search by filters, map selection, or using both.

This web service gives you the ability to send comments on your property details and to notify the tax office of any errors you may find. It includes interactive mapping and printable property reports.

Public Comper is a tool you can use to analyze your property value. You can easily select, review, validate and share comparable sales on a map. Relevant sales information is displayed and can be used to create reports about your property value.

You can quickly locate sales information or change search characteristics to find properties that are similar to yours, create reports and review similar nearby properties. Each search can be changed to fit your needs and quickly find the best sales to compare to your property.

Both of these services can be found at

The Tax Office encourages you to review your property information in the near future to prepare for the 2021 Property Revaluation. Use these tools to notify our office of any errors in your property record. We will be able to correct the errors before the 2021 Revaluation.

The purpose of a property revaluation is to re-establish equity among properties that may have appreciated or depreciated in value at different rates since the County's last revaluation. 
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