STANLY COUNTY TAX FUNDS SPENT BY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON THE ALCOA DISPUTE

Over the past few months there has been a lot of public discussion concerning the ALCOA relicensing dispute, the effort to locate CleanTech in Stanly County and the dollars spent by the Stanly County Commissioners on these two items.

The following is from information requested and provided from the Stanly County Finance Department.

The first date Stanly County funds were spent on the ALCOA relicensing dispute was October 26th 2006. Since that date, through December 21st, 2011, Stanly County funds of $4,913,084 has been spent. The amount of $23,944 remains in the county budget, that ends June 30th, 2012, for Attorney Department  professional services.

By fiscal year the total Stanly County funds spent on the ALCOA relicensing dispute each period was as follows:

  June 30th, 2007 $ 215,152

  June 30th, 2008 $ 734,809

  June 30th, 2009 $1,002,207

  June 30th, 2010 $1,799,133

  June 30th, 2011 $1,085,774 as of   12/21/11 $    76,005

Any time spent on the ALCOA relicense dispute by county employees is not reflected in the above amounts. County staff compensation would be in addition to the $4,913,084 that has been paid through December 21st, 2011.

Since the ALCOA relicensing dispute began, each penny on the Stanly County tax rate generated the following revenue:

  * 2007                    $385,141

  * 2008                    $395,511

  * 2009                    $400,551

  * 2010                    $403,414

  * 2011                    $405,610

  * 2012                    $405,988   projected

From the amounts above you can see how much of the Stanly County property tax rate it would take to fund the ALCOA relicensing dispute.

Some of the vendors and amounts paid from Stanly County funds for services relating to the ALCOA relicensing dispute from October 26th, 2006 through December 21st, 2011 are as follows:

   *Parker, Poe, Adams, Bernistien (lawyers) $ 3,031,416

   *Raleigh Tours (?) $ 2,621 *Womble Carlyle (lawyers) $ 35,306

   *Spirgel & McDiarmin (lawyers) $ 823,503

   *Reimbursement to Lindsey Dunevant (travel) $ 853

   *Joshua Morton (legal services prior to election) $ 679

   *Michael W. Taylor (lawyer) $ 521,435

   *Stoel Rives LLC (?) $ 2,053

   *Environmental Services (professional) $ 48,962

   *Tharrington Smith (lawyers) $ 13,826

   *MMI Associates (public relations) $ 202,659

   *Tracy Daniels (depositions) $ 38,855

   *Hamilton Campaigns (public opinion survey) $ 12,900

   *Equivalent Data (?) $ 19,588

   *Hart & Hickman (legal) $ 6,529

   *Entrix, Inc (legal) $ 61,913

   *John H Rodgers (professional) $ 46,336

   *Lawrance Reporting (transcripts) $ 1,175

   *IVIZE of Charlotte (legal) $ 1,085

   *Document Technologies (legal) $ 6,350

   *McCarter & English (lawyers) $ 13,030

   *Mediation Inc (legal) $ 1,676

   *Kay McGovern & Associates (professional) $ 5,665

   *Beason & Ellis (mediation) $ 2,253

   *Jerry Myers (?) $ 12,475

   *Windstream (phone conference) $ 743

Concerning the CleanTech industry wanting to locate in Stanly County, records show the Stanly County Economic Development Commission department had expenditures of $249. All of this expenditure was for meals.

Regardless of how you feel concerning the ALCOA relicense dispute with the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, it is important to know the cost, thus far, to the taxpayer of this or any other project of our government.

David Morgan, Former Chairman, Stanly County Board of Commissioners

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Comment by another David on March 30, 2012 at 2:21pm

They may have $$$ in their eyes, but not in their wallets!

 

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on April 2, 2012 at 7:35am

What's up with Stanly County voters?  Do you not foresee any viable challengers to the commissioners who have pissed away $5 million of taxpayers' funds?  I can think of at least a dozen budget items that would have merited more funding, but were deprived of it for a Quixotic battle over the Alcoa dams.  Unreal!

Comment by David Morgan on April 2, 2012 at 8:40am

5 republicans, the 2 incumbents and 3 new republican candidates

2 democrats, all new

are in the election for 2 seats this year

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