Commissioners split on borrowing without vote of the People | Eastern North Carolina Now | Beaufort County Commissioners split 3 to 3 on a resolution setting county policy that no major borrowing would be done without a vote of the citizens in a bond referendum.

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    Beaufort County Commissioners split 3 to 3 on a resolution setting county policy that no major borrowing would be done without a vote of the citizens in a bond referendum. The proposed resolution was to set policy to not borrow money without such a referendum except in the very narrow and temporary situations allowed in the state Constitution, and reject any borrowing under a state stature that purports to permit other avenues of borrowing that are not sanctioned by the state Constitution.

The county commissioners' discussion and vote regarding the resolution in support of borrowing large sums of money by referendum: Above.

    Those voting to restrict county borrowing to what is allowing under the state Constitution, requiring a bond referendum of the people for long term borrowing, were fiscally conservative commissioners Hood Richardson, Stan Deatherage, and Randy Walker. Opposing the resolution, and therefore supporting borrowing without voter approval, were liberal commissioners John Rebholz, Jerry Langley, and Ed Booth. Rebholz purports to be a Republican but the other three are open Democrats.

    Commissioner Frankie Waters, a usual ally of Jerry Langley was absent, so the motion failed on a tie vote.

    The county manager openly entered debate against the motion. As an employee / bureaucrat, rather than an elected commissioner, that interference in this matter was highly improper.

    The last time there was a push by liberal commissioners to build a big new jail, they tried to go around the state Constitution and borrow money from another source without a bond referendum of the citizens. That failed when the lender then approached rejected their loan, partly due to the lack of public support for what they were doing. Jerry Langley has publicly declared on more than one occasion that they would borrow money without submitting it to a public vote in order to build his big new jail. Langley openly admits that the public would vote it down.

    Liberal tax and spend "Republican" John Rebholz has now cast his lot with Langley to thumb their nose at meaningful public involvement in borrowing money for their jail project. They want to put a lot of debt on our taxpayers without giving the taxpayers any say in it.

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( January 17th, 2022 @ 11:12 pm )
Concerned Taxpayer: 'From your lips to Stan's ears.'

Charles Hickman: The product that BCN gets to work with is so poor at times, it has to be pre-meditated.
( January 17th, 2022 @ 10:02 pm )
It seems like whoever is controlling the sound level of the microphones is also in favor of claiming the power to circumvent the N.C. Constitution and overrule the wishes of the majority of Beaufort County citizens, too; just like at least three of the sitting county commissioners.
( January 16th, 2022 @ 6:23 pm )
The county manager was way out of line in entering debate. He is not elected by the voters. He needs to be replaced. So, we have three anti-taxpayer commissioners including so-called "Republican" Rebholz. I hope this resolution will be brought up again in February so we can see how Frankie Waters votes on it. He is up for election this year, and if he votes anti-taxpayer, that can sink him.
( January 6th, 2021 @ 11:56 am )
Yes, this post is real.

Yes, the Beaufort County Commissioners cannot decide whether to allow the public to approve, by referendum vote on large sums of money as constitutionally provided, or just skirt around the NC Constitution by a few Democratic Socialist work-arounds, as per general statute originated under the Marc Basnight Machine /administration some years back.

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