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Waters and Rebholz back county borrowing without referendum

Beaufort County's two "Republicrat" commissioners, Frankie Waters and John Rebholz have again displayed their liberal tax and spend ways by voting against a resolution setting county policy of enforcing state Constitutional requirements that most major borrowing be done by bond referendum voted on by the citizens of the county.  Waters and Rebholz want to be able to borrow money, particularly for their big new unneeded county jail, without submitting it to the voters.  The vote was 4 to 3.  with Republicans Stan Deatherage, Randy Walker, and Hood Richardson voting for the policy and Democrats Jerry Langley and Ed Booth and nominal "Republicans" Frankie Waters and John Rebholz opposed.
In debate, spendthrift commissioner Frankie Waters openly said he may want to have the county borrow money for things not covered by the exceptions contained in the Constitution without going to a bond referendum.  He was suggesting using the statute Marc Basnight had passed that purports to allow counties to get around the Constitution and borrow money without a referendum vote.  That statute has never been tested in court and seems to be unconstitutional on its face.
Waters and Rebholz are part of a liberal cabal that is trying to ram a big new jail down taxpayers' throats.  They are fully in cahoots with their liberal Democrat allies on this mission and they have an arrogant disregard of our taxpayers and their rights.


( February 14th, 2021 @ 8:29 am )
Then Canidadate Rebholz comments to emails I sent him. 1st reply only took him 6 months to reply but claims he did not know the email address was not monitored.
"I hope you know that I voted for no new taxes. We did have to raise the solid waste fee $5.00 and I have a problem with that. Please let me know if there is something else I can do. Yes we are a Tier 1 County but I'm working to grow the tax base so we can avoid future tax increases. We do that by creating a workforce that matches the jobs available in Beaufort, like welders, electricians, mechanics and other skill trades. Right now Beaufort County is faring much better than the state or the Nation when it comes to unemployment. Hope you are doing well during this Pandemic."
2nd reply
"As you know this was my first budget process and I must admit it was extremely light on details. Not only the Counties departments were light but so was the Sheriff and the School District. My back ground includes budgeting, business plans and project management. I plan to bring those skills to bear on the financial side of this government. We seem to spend all our time talking about minor items and we need to get into the weeds on the big items that impact the residents. I'm sorry about the delay. I had someone setup the website and I was unaware of this email address and wasn't monitoring it."
My reply to the last one was that I suspected the only reason he voted against the budge was because he was running for election. I also suggested that the county go back to line item budgets. Yes they are a pain for the departments to do, but you have a better idea what they use and how the money is planned to be spent. It also makes the departments stop and think about what they are using if you have to break things down like office supplies, how much paper, how many pens, and get prices so they can see what they are spending and using. I don't care what segment of government it is there is always waste that can be cut.

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