STATEMENT FROM COMMISSIONER WOODY WHITE: Comments about upcoming ‘State of County’ address

Posted February 2, 2015 at 8:48 am     Category: County CommissionersNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White comments about the upcoming “State of New Hanover County” address.

Commissioner White said:

“I look forward to hearing the address from Chairman Barfield tonight at 6:00.   In drafting his view of the “State of the County” he sought no input from his colleagues about issues such as Commissioner spending, the travel policy, growing debt and spending.  And while I am sure that some of his comments will be shared by everyone, the issues of Commissioner spending, growth of our county budget and borrowing practices are important, and should be given attention.  I hope he will address them.   But if not, later this week, I will issue a videotaped message that addresses these fiscal issues important to our citizens’ future.

There is tremendous value in elected officials speaking about issues important to the citizens.  But I do not agree that tax dollars should have been used  for private catering services and printed invitations for the Chairman’s speech.  The costs of this extravagance are likely to be over $1,000.   For money to be spent in such a manner is not responsible and reflects a larger disregard of fiscal restraint and good stewardship of the taxpayer’s hard earned money.”

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