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Sunday, April 10, 2005

I watched with interest our county commissioners' "inquiry" into Craytongate.

I think the most disturbing thing about the whole situation is no one really knows what's going on. The Democrats say they have all this evidence against Crayton, yet they're not saying exactly what it is. I have no idea where commissioner Kirk Perkins is coming from with his revelation that he contacted the Greensboro police department about activities going on in the tax department. If nothing turns up, I'd say Perkins' credibility is severely damaged.

I'll say N&R has done a good job covering all the bases. They mention in this morning's article what could be the smoking gun: Crayton's alleged influence over the Board of Equalization and Review, which granted commissioner Steve Arnold's tax-value appeal.

But Arnold claims that the property that he wanted to develop into a shopping center is owned by 20 different people. One of the main reason the property was never developed (in addition to the many environmental hoops Arnold had to jump through) was the fact that the property could never be successfully assembled, which was a condition of the rezoning process. So Arnold's point is he was only one of a group of 20 people to have their property restored to its original tax value.

Once again, I have to ask: What is the value of an abandoned boys' camp which has no hope of being developed?


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