Orange County government is taking its show on the road. Many county departments are participating in the inaugural Orange County Roadshows, which will be held Jan. 31 at Cedar Grove Community Center and Feb. 1 at Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. Each event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.
The Orange County Roadshow will allow community members to access government services in an informal, convenient environment right in their neighborhood. Almost twenty departments will be present to respond to common questions, as well as share information about various programs and assist in submitting applications for services. Sessions will be held throughout the year at various locations throughout Orange County. Dates and locations for future events will be posted on the Orange County website.
Learn about the roadshow in this short video: https://youtu.be/Fpyqge0DzR4?si=N-49B-_s6qpgM9cA
Wednesday, January 31
6 to 9 pm
Cedar Grove Community Center
5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough, NC
Thursday, February 1
6 to 9 pm
2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC
Snacks and beverages will be provided! Simultaneous interpretation for Spanish speakers will be available at this event.
The following departments or divisions will be represented:
• Animal Services
• Arts Commission
• Clerk to the Board
• Dept. of Environment, Agriculture & Parks & Rec (DEAPR)
• Economic Development
• Office of Equity & Inclusion
• Planning & Inspections
• Register of Deeds
• Solid Waste/Recycling
• Veterans Services
Things community members could do at each meeting from 6 to 9 p.m.:
• Check voter registration information and update or apply to vote
• Learn about applying for a passport or marriage license
• Register for activities at Library, Aging or Recreation
• Apply for property tax payment plan
• Fill out an application for the Longtime Homeowners Assistance Program
• Learn about and apply for state tax assistance programs (Present Use Value, Disabled Vets, Homestead Exclusion)
• Apply for Solid Waste Fee Assistance Program
• Sign up for a library card
• Learn how to apply for Economic Development small business or agriculture grants
• Learn about property value appeals
• Apply to serve on a board or committee
• Learn about the Orange County Broadband Initiative
From 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a presentation in which a representative from the county manager’s office will provide a report on the countywide strategic plan. Representatives from the tax office will speak about the upcoming 2025 revaluation and provide information about various tax relief programs available to residents, including the Homestead Exemption and others. The Planning and Inspections Department will also present on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2050 and offer a smaller meeting where participants can provide direct feedback on Orange County Land Use Plan 2050.
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