Leslee Kulba

Asheville Bracing for Higher Taxes

The City of Asheville, like Buncombe County, couldn’t argue police cuts were driving a tax increase this year. Instead, the driver was new initiatives like reparations and reimagining public safety.

Buncombe Manager Recommends Tax Increase

Buncombe County property owners can expect a tax increase this year to help the county recover from COVID losses and move forward on commissioner strategic goals.

Study Recommends Larger, Multi-Use Libraries

Buncombe County’s library master plan recommends expanding or replacing several libraries with mixed-use county service centers and satellite operations like bookmobiles for disadvantaged areas.

Asheville Council Approves Rate Increases

Asheville City Council approved increases in water and other rates for FY 2021-2022.

Council Discusses Stripes & Homeless

Asheville City Council obsessed over the most equitable way to stripe a ballfield, they behaved mysteriously about board appointments, and they got a lecture on fatal conceit before going into closed session to launch themselves on a trajectory to become the regional lead in solving homelessness.

Citizen Says “County Acts As Charity” at Meeting

John Fulton shared with the Buncombe County Commissioners a diverse viewpoint on why he would rather be a producer contributing to his community than a consumer living off the labor of taxpayers.

County Expects $13-$14M from Opioid Settlement

Buncombe County is working to maximize its allocation of recent $26 billion and $8 billion opioid settlements.

Asheville Budget Falls Short on Reparations

The council is expected to raise the property tax rate to fund aspirational goals like reparations, climate justice, and reimagining the police.

Council Rejects Drug Interdiction Funding

Asheville City Council rejected a grant from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Attorney Says NDO Meant to Change Behaviors

The Buncombe County Commissioners approved the nondiscriminatory ordinance, which will go into effect July 1. No concessions were made to address concerns about women’s rights to privacy.