I have to say, on behalf of the team of community activists, that we were caught off guard by some pleasant news confirmed today by the Wilson Times. Two more people are out and there is definitely some saving. Clay Norris had been reported to be the recipient of very large increases over five years and Janice Carney reportedly hired by Norris for a salary much higher than ever previously earned. Good News. But ElectriCities needs to understand there needs to be more to come. The garbage out of this place has been flowing since 2002 and has not stopped yet. It picked up steam with the rate increases. Even during the 1980s and 1990s, there was not anything positive about this place.
We need to see more. When an organization acts so irresponsibly as to ring up some millions in costs on bad refinance deals on a bad debt deal that will be saddling our cities for 50 years, you have to make more than perfunctory cuts.
There is a lot of information pouring out of this place on reckless spending by lobbyists (and the hiring of Drew Saunders), a lot of turnover of staff, reckless sponsorships of NC SPIN and magazines by Communications people who are never seen or heard from, and very irresponsible and lackluster performance by economic development staff.
Let's see some more trimming and maybe taxpayers will have a reason for some happy holidays.