Wilson Times is on Board now with editorials. Rick Dew's Letter to the Editor published.
Thanks to those emailing from the western cities and eastern cities. Many of you want to know why this is happening in the east only.
In the eastern agency (32 cities) the ownership in generation with Progress Energy is in coal plants and nuclear so the coal and transportation costs are more than in the west where the agency (19 cities) only owns nuclear. BUT the bigger issues is that management has mismanaged, overspent, made poor decisions and lived beyond its means. The east has more debt and more debt that will be paid off over a longer period if time so I guess Jesse Tilton made that bad decision only for the east. BUT the bad decisions can be made that will affect you in the west if he remains in a position over his head and the EXTRAVAGANT expenses and salaries affect you as well. I am not sure why western board members even vote on eastern issues if they do not understand them. So, we should all be together on these issues.
The EXTRAVAGANT salaries, that city council members were completely unaware and have been caught off guard over, are an issue east and west. No one knew. The legal settlements cost money and affect everyone and are solely the responsibility of Jesse Tilton. The rapid and extensive turnover and incompetence in government relations that led to hiring 15 contract lobbyists affects all and is expensive. Legal fees for all the issues and problems costs us all. These issues stop at the feet of Tilton. If his board cannot give up the salary they get, we need new ones.
Next steps: press release, press conference, documents on expense reports from certain staff, outreach in the west. We are far from "done" as there is much much more to come. Employees give us information often.