Discussion the night the Buncombe County Commissioners adopted their FY 2022-2023 budget was dominated by questions about how much liquidity persons receiving county tax abatement should be allowed.
Buncombe County is proposing holding the tax rate flat while floating bonds and searching out other source of revenue to fund extracurricular activities for government, like building affordable housing and zeroing out the human carbon footprint.
The Buncombe County Commissioners flexed their powers to spend federal money on affordable housing and Pre-K, local taxpayer dollars on an aggressive bond program for affordable housing & green spaces, as well as tourists' dollars on basic government services.
Buncombe County is doubling down on subsidizing housing for persons earning as much as 120 percent AMI. Not only economics and date, but ethics suggest this is not going to work.
Conversations from the Buncombe County Commissioners’ first budget worksession for the 2022-2023 fiscal year indicate the commissioners, awash with funding from ARPA, the opioid settlement, Hurricane Fred relief, HCA, etc., need help from the public deciding how to spend it all. Focus areas selected by the commissioners include broad categories like “affordable housing” and “climate and environmental solutions.”
Buncombe County received two $500,000 grants from the Dogwood Health Trust, pending formal acceptance. Both would pertain to opioid interdiction: one would support planning with an equity lens, and the other would support a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) team.
Buncombe County Commissioner Terri Wells, who lives in Leicester and represents the area, when asked to respond to the farm fires replied, “It has been a long week with a lot of loss in our community with the passing of dear family friends, as well as the barn fires. Our farmers have suffered a significant […]
The commissioners discussed problems getting people to work in its Internal Audit Department and fortifying its anti-nepotism policy. Both were pivotal in reforms following the detection of extensive fraud perpetrated by former county leaders.
Even though Buncombe County presumably stumbled upon a more efficient strategy for creating subsidized housing, Asheville City Council prefers to rubber-stamp Mountain Housing Opportunities’ refinancing agreements.
The Buncombe County Commissioners opted to extend the August 31 deadline for awarding ARPA grants. One exception was made to immediately fund Homeward Bound’s Days Inn project.