When the Stanly County Commissioners approved budget for FY 2012-2013 began on July 1st of last year the amount for their ongoing dispute with ALCOA, which started in 2006, was budgeted to be $50,000.
Since the commissioners have way under budgeted how much they intend to spend on their ALCOA dispute the past six years, it is certainly no surprise that the commissioners have had to increase this budget line item twice since July 1st, 2012 to pay their “dispute” bills.
The current budget now shows this expense line item has been increased from $50,000 to $215,000.
Hopefully, this money, that the commissioners took from the county fund balance (some like to call it the county savings account) will be enough for the commissioners legal expense through June 30th, 2013.
Since July 1st, 2012 through October 4th, 2012 the taxpayers, by order of the commissioners, had spent $22,155 on their ALCOA dispute.
Since October 5th, 2012 and through March 8th, 2013, the County Commissioners have spent an additional $71,725.51 bringing the grand total of taxpayer dollars that they have spent on this dispute with ALCOA to $5,091,035.
This $5,091,035 does not include the expense of the hours and hours of staff time dedicated to this effort. Nor does the $5,091,035 include any negative effect this legal dispute with ALCOA may have caused Stanly Counties efforts, if there are any, with economic development and creating additional jobs.
The following shows who received this most recent $71,725.51 of taxpayer dollars and how much they have received since this all began back in 2006:
*$17,045.91 to Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein lawyers for a total of $3,054,441
*$ 2,648.71 to iDiscover for a total of $10,573
*$27,120.68 to Spiegel & McDuarmid for a total of $865,825
*$11,615.75 to Michael W. Taylor lawyer for a total of $545,404
*$13,294.46 to Turrentine Law Firm, PLLC
It’s interesting to note that a report by the Stanly News and Press shows that the Stanly County Commissioners met their new attorney, Turrentine Law Firm, on January 22nd, 2013.
Since it is time for the Stanly County Commissioners to start looking toward the FY 2013-2014 budget that starts July 1st and since it’s not an election year for County Commissioners, let’s hope they show the taxpayers a more accurate amount as to what they really plan to spend on the ALCOA dispute.
It wouldn’t hurt for them to put a little effort toward economic development and jobs either!
FORMER CHAIRMAN, STANLY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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