Below is a link to a Salisbury Post article about the Stanly County Commissioners dispute with ALCOA. I hope you will find time to read it.
If the link doesn't work go to www.salisburypost.com
The following is my shared response to the article. Besides me, others have commented on their webpage too.
I don't understand the County Manager Lucas comment of "about $1 million of that has been spent defending the county against Alcoa’s public records lawsuit" or the explanation reported from Commissioner Dunevant of "he believes the rest of the money has been well spent on efforts to benefit the public."
What a crock, the county budget has its own finance account number for the ALCOA dispute and through April 30th, 2012 the County Commissioners have spent $4,913,084 of the Stanly County taxpayers money on this issue and it's been charged directly to this expense account.
This outrageous amount doesn't even include the cost for county employees that have spent and continue to spend countless hours on this issue.
Each time I have submitted a written request for the amount Stanly County has spent on the ALCOA relicensing dispute I have stated "Please itemize the total amount of funds paid or approved to be paid and to whom for legal, public relations, travel or any other professional services for Stanly County. Also, please include the finance account number and department used for these expenses."
Now, Lucas claims "about $1 million of that has been spent defending the county against Alcoa’s public records lawsuit" and Dunevant "believes" the rest of the money has been "well spent" on efforts to "benefit" the public.
If the County Manager and the County Commissioners aren't able to offer a better explanation of how they are spending taxpayer funds on the cost of an issue of this magnitude then they all need to resign. They can't even tell us a plan of what they would do if they did "recapture" the dams from ALCOA.
If this issue was of such concern to others along the Yadkin River and the State of North Carolina, then why aren't they helping the Stanly County taxpayers pay the expenses for the dispute.
If you would like to see the detail of how much and to who all this tax money has been paid to email me at email@example.com or see "notes" on my FACEBOOK page.
At the same time Stanly County taxpayers have been paying for this dispute, because of the lack of adequate funding, the Stanly County School Board has closed two schools and has proposed a third, Ridgecrest, to close after this school year.
One more comment that makes no sense:
"Stanly County officials said Wednesday that the information on the website is presented “out of context.”
“It’s not telling the whole story,” said County Manager Andy Lucas. “They’re making huge leaps and insinuating things that are just not accurate.”
How in the world can a reprint of the complete original emails, letters and other documents on the Yadkin Facts website be "out of context" or "insinuate things that are just not accurate?"
This story is far from being over!
For the taxpayers of Stanly County we will just keep spending, at the direction of the County Commissioners, money on legal services and lobbyist, etc. while ALCOA keeps operating the dams to generate electricity and generate a profit that pays for their legal expense.
It's budget time for Stanly County, you have to wonder what funding cuts to schools, education and other county departments we will see this year.
David Morgan Former Chairman, Stanly County Board of Commissioners