There are times that party labels or political leanings truly have little meaning. The story covering New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White’s and Vice-Chairman Beth Dawson’s position on funding for taxpayer subsidized Airlie Gardens and parks in general was telling.
(StarNews) “Our citizens pay for and enjoy our parks and museums and I expect these services to be fully funded next year,” said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners
“I feel that our cultural and natural resources need to be protected,” said Dawson, who also serves on the Airlie Gardens Foundation Board of Directors and the Cape Fear Museum Advisory Board.
“They help attract business investment to New Hanover County. They help to support our quality of life. Without our museums, our parks, our libraries, it would be a sad place to live.”
WIth such attitudes one wonders how they will be capable of cutting spending on anything, saving any taxpayer dollars or even remotely resembling the “conservative” candidates they told the public they were during the election.
At the very least one would hope they would look to see if the parks were budgeting properly. The have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that there isn’t waste. But to just give the parks a blank check isn’t responsible governance. Does that mean the leadership thinks the parks are absolutely efficient? Does it mean they think the rest of government isn’t? We don’t really know. But from words will come actions. If you’re looking at what to budget for parks, you might as well ask for the sky. Of note, according to callers this morning on my show, Airlie had 47 visitors on Saturday raking in around $250.
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