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Miller Responds for the County to Town of Boone

Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller, named in the letter being sent by the Town of Boone in garnering support for the town’s position for mediation with the county over the old Watauga High property and the county’s response by adjusting sales tax, responded himself with a letter —but said he would not spend county money to send a letter to taxpayers—but would post it in the news media. Miller said that what the town wants to do—a closed mediation—is improper…his letter will point out all the times they have offered to meet with the town, but then the town would not enable the county to participate in their Affordable Housing issue, even when asked to change the time for the county to respond.  Miller also said he would invite the other towns of the county, as the tax side of the issue affects them as well.

The Honorable Loretta Clawson and Town Council:

The County is in receipt of your letter dated April 2, 2013, requesting a meeting with the Board of Commissioners for April 17th or 22nd at 4:00 PM.  Due to scheduling conflicts and the potential visit by the Governor the proposed dates of April 17th or 22nd will not work for the Board of Commissioners.  Therefore, the County would propose April 11th or April 12th at 4:30 PM for alternate dates for the Town’s consideration.  Further, the County would recommend the agricultural extension building as the location for the meeting. 

The County welcomes the opportunity for an open dialogue with the Town to facilitate a mutually beneficial agreement for all of the citizens of Watauga County.  Please confirm one of the proposed dates so that appropriate planning, notifications, and arrangements can be made. 

Thank you for your prompt assistance and attention to this most important matter.  We look forward to your response.

Best Regards,


Deron T. Geouque
County Manager


Cc:  County Commissioners
Boone Town Council
Greg Young

 

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