KFP Column: City spending money it doesn’t have to fight LaRoque bill(s)

by Bryan Hanks
Managing Editor

So, a funny thing happened at Monday night’s Kinston City Council meeting — this city, which is allegedly facing money problems — voted to pay a lobbyist $15,000 to fight Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s House bills against annexation and a mayor’s veto.

My take: Seriously? Seriously?

I know if the annexation bill passes the Senate (it’s already through the House), it’ll cost the city some money in its un-American pursuit of forcing people within its borders. OK, I’ll give you that one.

But is the City Council so insecure (and frankly, frightened) about a potential mayor’s veto that they’re spending our hard-earned tax dollars to try to stop it from happening?

I know $15,000 isn’t a lot of money to them — but it’s a hell of a lot of money to the average resident of Kinston, where the average annual salary is in the $30,000 a year range (I know this isn’t correct, but I was too lazy to look it up).

Guess this means my power bill — which was $134 when I WASN’T EVEN AT FREAKING HOME FOR A FREAKING MONTH — will go up another couple of dollars in April. But what does it matter — it’s not their money, right?

I do want to throw props to Will Barker, though, who was the only councilman not to vote for this monstrosity. Good job, sir. As for the other four … shame.

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