T-N letter to the editor: They have failed

From today’s Times-News letters to the editor:

They have failed

My wife and I chose Flat Rock for our retirement years. The North Highland Lake Road project pushed me to ask questions about Flat Rock governance.

Elected officials should represent the people — our mayor and some council members have failed. Taxes increased unnecessarily by over 18%. Taxpayer money has financed individual interests of the current mayor and some council members.

Questionable expenditures have been quite public: additional budget dollars for the Flat Rock Playhouse; a sizable payout for attorney costs related to a lawsuit about a sign ordinance known to be unconstitutional.

Related to the latter, the village government spent over $14,000 of taxpayer money for Asheville lawyers to review/write a response. Using a going rate of $300/hour, $14,000/$300 indicates 46-plus hours required to review and respond. Great payment for a little more than a 40-hour workweek to provide a response that the village mayor and council action was wrong, at taxpayer expense.

Voters expect sound budget practices and leaders who don’t work for individual interests. Don’t be deterred by politicians funding their own interests! Nov. 5, vote for Nick Weedman, Tom Carpenter, Anne Coletta and David Dethero. Elect officials who respond to taxpayer needs.

Rich Ehlers, Flat Rock

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