I don't even know where to start except KUDOS to Dew, Knight, Blackwell and Henderson and Herrin of the Rocky Mount Telegram. I am scared to read my emails.
1) "The officials also went along with a motion brought forth by Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble, who serves as the chairman of ElectriCities' board of directors, to eliminate the $1,000-a-month payment to board members. He said that will save about $100,000 a year. Board members will receive mileage for going to the meetings, and there is normally food served at them."
This does not add up. It is more than $160,000K. So DO IT NOW in 2008 not in 2009. What the heck. Save 5 months, show good faith, feel some pain. Mercy.
2) "Noble said the board also will be carefully scrutinizing the 2009 budget to "make sure it's more conservative.""
What the H*** have they been doing? Skimming it? Do it for 2008.
""We'll look at all costs – consulting costs, travel costs, lobbying costs and salaries," he said."
Bout D*** time. Cut them, cut them now, cut them out. Don't wait for 2009. Cop out.
"Of the 103 ElectriCities' full and part-time employees, 29 earn six-figure salaries, and 23 earn between $80,000 and $100,000 a year."
This is worse than anything I received, heard, imagined. I am speechless.
3) "Noble told the city leaders that Tilton's job performance and salary also will soon be evaluated."
I hope so and I hope it is a long session with a long list. MISMANAGEMENT, NO LEADERSHIP, NO ABILITY TO LEAD IN CRISIS, ETC ETC
4) "Kenneth M. Raber, senior vice president of ElectriCities Services/North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency who made the presentation to city officials on Wednesday, said before the meeting that even if ElectriCities staff was cut in half, it still would not save enough money to impact the customers' electric rates."
SHOW ME THE NUMBERS. Dont buy it.
""We've cut this (budget) to the bone," he said."
"Noble told officials it would be fiscally irresponsible not to approve of the 14 percent increase.
"We're bleeding money," he said."
So are we my man. So are we. It was fiscally irresponsible to let all these costs slip by without scrutinizing them. You think?