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Let State Pay for Landscaping

Mayor, Council, Others,
          Once again our newly adopted 6/12/12 budget contains money budgeted for
landscaping for our Town limits. Also in this and past budgets money
has/is to be spent to landscape areas North of Snows Bridge. I have tried
to get a dollar figure of the total money that the Town is spending each
budget year to provide free landscaping in this area to the state of N.C.
THE ONLY THING I HAVE BEEN TOLD IN THE PAST IS THAT THIS AREA IS INCLUDED
IN OUR TOTAL LANDSCAPE BUDGET AND IS NOT A SEPARATE ITEM AND ONLY AN
ESTIMATED AMOUNT IS KNOWN WHICH WILL NOT  PROVIDE A TRUE COST. WHY CAN NO
ONE IN TOWN HALL GIVE A STRAIGHT ACCURATE DOLLAR FIGURE AS TO THIS COST
AND BACK IT UP WITH PAPER WORK AS VALIDATION TO THIS SIMPLE QUESTION? How
much money does the Town spend per year on landscaping in this area
(outside of our town limits North of Snows Cut Bridge on property that is
owned be the State of N.C.? A simple enough question that deserves a
simple answer I believe.  I would bet the bank no one on this Council has
and will respond with the answer to this question. AND AS OF THIS WRITING
HAS NOT. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE PAST BY A COUNCIL MEMBER BRAGGING
THAT THE TOWN SPENDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MAKE THE ENTRANCE TO OUR TOWN
LOOK GOOD.This looking good deal is wanted by all of us, that looking good
deal is not the issue,the issue is who should pay for landscaping in this
area the taxpayers of C.B. OR STATE FUNDS FOR AN AREA THAT IS OWNED
EXCLUSIVELY BY THE STATE? WE ARE GETTING A TAX INCREASE THIS BUDGET YEAR
IN CASE ANYONE HAS FORGOTTEN BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MEET
OUR OWN NEEDS I AM TOLD. The folks that voted last night 6/12/2012 to pass
this budget should know how much money per year we are spending in this
area out of our local taxpayer dollars because I HAVE RAISED THIS ISSUE
MANY TIMES IN THE PAST AND COMPLAINED TO THE RESIDING COUNCIL MEMBERS TO
DISCONTINUE THIS ASININE PRACTICE. Surely it ain't because we have the
money to spend because you just adopted a budget with a tax increase that
will in time effect all property owners in C.B.  If no one on Council
knows and no one responds with this figure with paperwork to back it up
that means to me that they voted to adopt a budget that they had no idea
other than an extimated figure of what we are spending on this area or
they know and do not wan't the taxpayers to know how they are wasting our
money on areas that are not the Town taxpayers responsibility resulting in
us being double taxed, once by the State and again by C.B. for all work
done on State property.