Friday, May 28, 2010

Rhino's Hammer comes down hard on Greensboro water

From Rhino editor John Hammer in City Budget Designed To Generate Outcry (May 28, 2010)

“City budgets involve a good amount of smoke and mirrors, but for some reason the Greensboro Water Resources Department is in a class by itself. Council member Trudy Wade asked how the repairs to the Townsend Dam were paid for. It is about a $40 million project, so it was a fair question. With Water Resources Director Allan Williams, Finance Director Rick Lusk and Budget and Evaluation Director Larry Davis all sitting right there they couldn't come up with an answer.

Wade was told that the fund balance in the water and sewer fund was about $28 million. The 2009 audit reports a fund balance of $48 million. So it appears the city has spent $20 million from the fund balance this year, but who knows?”

Citizens of Greensboro—Can you hear me now? Greensboro faked its need for the Randleman Dam. A 15-year decline in water sales followed and its being kept a secret by the city. The water department is currently expanding by 75% during this 15-year decline by purchasing 53% of Randleman Reservoir. Beginning in July Greensboro under contract must purchase 6 million gallons per day(mgd) from Randleman Reservoir—water it does not need!....which will raise the price of water to customers.

To further justify its Randleman water grab the City of Greensboro has just come out with a prediction that its water use will DOUBLE over the next 40 years!

This is the Randleman Dam Scam and cover-up. It is the largest municipal fraud in the history of Greensboro.

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