“Hopefully, you can make it through February.”

– Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla joking with Town Manager Anthony Roberts at the start of the town’s budget retreat. Aneralla opened the session by pointing out this was his fourth retreat, each with a different town manager.

“We’ll try to keep this meeting a little more lively than the Super Bowl.”

– Aneralla, opening the Feb. 4 town board meeting. He didn’t have to worry as an overflow crowd showed up to participate.

“I don’t think Cornelius will go revenue-neutral. I don’t know if Davidson knows what revenue neutral is.”

– Roberts, predicting – and tossing in a friendly jab – about the approach neighboring towns may take on the tax rate question.

“We are very paper driven ... software will allow us to provide a higher level of service to our employees.”

– Huntersville Human Resources Director Vickie Brock summarizing the reason for planned data system upgrades.

“Property is expensive in Huntersville.”

– Town of Huntersville Engineer Max Buchanan providing a simple summary of the investments involved in right of way acquisitions for the town’s Main Street Upgrade and other local road projects.

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