Rep. G.K. Butterfield delivered the following remarks during lunch at the Uptown Rose restaurant in downtown Henderson on Thursday: Thank you very much for inviting us up to take the tour today and just fellowship with you and see firsthand what the issues are in Henderson and Vance County.
Henderson’s city government is moving ahead with a proposal to recognize employees for excellence and not just longevity.
It looks like legal action will be a Vance County resident’s only hope for a refund of more than $2,000 he says he overpaid the city of Henderson over nearly two decades, and the lawyer who leads the City Council’s finance committee said Thursday that the man wouldn’t have much of a court case.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat in his first term representing the 1st District, including northern Vance County and all of Henderson, took the driving cleanup tour of the city Thursday morning, then had lunch at Uptown Rose with Mayor Clem Seifert and other city representatives.
City Manager Eric Williams could be in for a rough Monday evening if a radio audience Wednesday morning was representative of city residents’ reaction to Henderson disappearing fund balance.
The following is the text of the two-page letter sent from the state Local Government Commission to the Henderson city government in response to the fund balance problem documented by the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2004. The letter was sent on the official stationery of State and Local Government Finance Division and the Local Government Commission of the Department of State Treasurer, a Council of State post held by Kittrell-area resident Richard Moore.
North Carolina’s Local Government Commission has spoken in response to Henderson’s fiscal crisis, and it has found problems with Embassy Square, tax collections and the fund balance.
It would cost somewhere between $300,000 and $900,000 to eliminate abandoned houses in Henderson (an estimated 150 houses at $2,000 to $6,000 apiece). After a work session Tuesday morning, the Clean Up Henderson Committee has a strategy for getting some or all of that money in Raleigh.
Hendersonians will get a chance to help dissect city finances at a special forum before the City Council’s regular meeting Feb. 28.