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Orange County seeking residents for
Board of Equalization and Review


The Orange County Board of Commissioners is currently recruiting for the Orange County Board of Equalization and Review. This board hears appeals from citizens concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals.

Ten members are appointed to the board by the Board of County Commissioners—three members, including one chair, and seven alternates. Appointments are for a term of two years.


Members receive a $75 stipend for each meeting they attend while the chair is paid $100 per meeting. Alternates only attend if they are asked to fill in for a regular member who will be absent.

This board requires all members, including alternates, to complete a disclosure statement.
The board may meet up to three days per week, for up to three consecutive months (April – June). The final number of meetings needed will be determined by how many appeals and other cases are received. In 2018, the board met once in April, five times in May and twice in June. Other meetings could be called throughout the year.

Meetings are scheduled from 1-5 p.m. (although individual sessions may not take the entire time, depending on caseload) and are held at the Gateway Center in Hillsborough.
Knowledge of real estate is preferred, but is not a requirement. Residents who are interested in serving should apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards (click on Vacancies and then click on the link for Board of Equalization and Review) or contact Thom Freeman 919-245-2125 for more information.
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This Weekend in the OC


Saturday, March 9
Animal Services Low-Cost rabies vaccinnation clinic.
Sunday, March 10
World Puppetry Day performance

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Orange County to host 2019 Orange County Senior Games


The Orange County Department on Aging, the Carrboro Recreation and Parks and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation invite adults ages 50+ to participate in the 2019 Orange County Senior Games!

Senior Games is a year-round health promotion program for adults ages 50 and over.  Activities include: sports and games competitions/tournaments, social activities, and the SilverArts – including visual and heritage arts such as wood working, basket weaving, ceramic glass and more.

Pick up or call one of the sponsoring locations for a registration application and a schedule of events: The Passmore Center - HillsboroughThe Seymour Center – Chapel HillCarrboro Recreation and Parks, and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation.

The deadline to register is Friday, March 22.  For more information and/or to volunteer please call or email Myra Austin at 919-245-2020 or maustin@orangecountync.gov, or Lee Schimmelfing at 919-606-2598 or leeshim@email.unc.edu.
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Public meeting on status of hydrilla management project in the Eno River watershed


The status of an on-going project to reduce the invasive weed hydrilla in the Eno River watershed with an EPA-approved herbicide will be discussed at a public information meeting to be held on March 21st, 2019.

The informal, open house-style meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the Richard E. Whitted Building (300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough). Members of the Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force will describe efforts that were initiated in 2015 to manage the infestation of hydrilla in the Eno River. Task Force members will also be available to answer questions at informational stations.


Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves in lakes, rivers and other waterways. An invasive species from Asia, hydrilla impedes recreational use of waterways, crowds out native vegetation and ultimately can harm fish and other aquatic and bird species. The plant was first discovered in the Eno River watershed in the early 1990s in Lake Orange.
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Orange County to host faith outreach breakfast to discuss mental health


The Department on Aging, together with UNC Health Care and the Project EngAGE Faith Outreach Senior Resource Team, invites leaders and members of Orange County faith organizations, as well as anyone interested, to discuss mental health and aging.

Please join us and guest speakers from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare at our next quarterly breakfast meeting on March 19 for a discussion on mental health and aging, entitled “Let’s Talk About Mental Health.”


The Faith Outreach initiative aims to connect Orange County’s diverse faith communities, and to bring them essential information, education, and opportunities.

The breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 19, from 9 – 11 a.m., at UNC Health Care – Hillsborough Campus located at 430 Waterstone Drive in Hillsborough.

There is no charge to attend, however, guests are asked to RSVP by Thursday, March 14.

For more information or to register, please contact Shenae McPherson, Volunteer Connect 55+ Administrator, at 919-245-4241 or shmcpherson@orangecountync.gov

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