To the people of Lincoln County:
For the past three months, we have not heard anything from the Lincoln County Commissioners about their proposed Convention Center on Fairgrounds property. Perhaps County Counsel, Wayne Belmont, is waiting until after the election to see if he has two incumbents who will vote to proceed with this folly. If Doug Hunt is not re-elected, then the two newly elected women will hold the deciding votes, as the remaining incumbent, Claire Hall, remains a lone enthusiastic supporter of this guaranteed money-losing debacle.
As of yet, we the people have not seen a real budget. We haven’t even seen a business plan! Can you imagine taking this project to a bank and asking for a loan of more than $7 Million, which is only a portion of the projected full cost of more than $10 Million!! But that is what the County intends to do. For this, the people will get a metal building — metal roof, metal sides, concrete floor with no carpeting, and no interior room dividers. And that $7 million dollar figure does not include cost of operations, furnishings, or full-time staff. This project is guaranteed to lose huge sums of money every year, forever! How ironic that Commissioner Hunt touts his fiscal abilities as a reason to re-elect hi
CommonSense-LincolnCounty remains committed in opposition to this terrible waste of our County tax dollars. We hope you, the citizens of Lincoln County, are following this project, and will voice your objections to throwing away even more of our tax dollars. Please attend Board of Commissioner meetings (every other Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Courthouse), and City Urban Renewal meetings when this topic is discussed, and consider writing letters to the editor of the Newport News-Times, Lincoln City News-Guard, and NewsLincolnCounty.com. We believe County money should be spent on issues that support our local needs, not those of the millions of tourists who continue to visit our coastal communities, in spite of not having a Convention Center. For further information, or to get involved, contact us at the address below.
Thank all of you for your continued support.