Accountability and Transparency

Our leaders in Buncombe County have failed us. 

The highest paid employees embezzled millions of dollars from the county.  There is no question that this malfeasance showed a dysfunctional government missing proper checks on power as well as lacking transparency.  Some good steps have been taken to try to prevent a similar occurrence in the future, but there is still more work to be done.

The county dashboard currently lets citizens look up purchase orders to see where money has been spent, but not all details are included.  Specifically, I’d like any citizen be able to click on the purchase order to be able to see all of the details including who has requested the purchase as well as the employees involved with approving the purchase. 

But the transparency in our government shouldn’t stop there.  We need much better information so that both our citizens and our commissioners can make better decisions about where to direct our tax dollars.  Specifically, I would like to create a dashboard that measures the health of our county.

Our Community Health dashboard should include: 

  • how crime has increased or decreased over the past five years 
  • whether test scores in our schools have gone up or down over the past five years
  • have racial and gender achievement gaps in our schools improved
  • are more people facing housing insecurity and/or food insecurity
  • is our infant mortality rate decreasing
  • are more people employed  
  • are wages in the area keeping up with inflation 

It is only with this knowledge that citizens can make more informed decisions about what they want their commissioners to work on.  

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Key Issues

Ethical lapses in county government have siphoned off millions in taxpayer dollars.  We need increased transparency.

Learn more about my plan HERE.

Not-for-profit organizations provide incredibly cost-effective services to our community. 

Learn more about how we can grow our community through these partnerships here.

The gap between the highest paid county employees and those at the bottom has grown too large. 

We need a fairer pay scale for our county government. Learn more here.

Our Tourism Development Authority spends a higher percentage of its budget on advertising than any other tourism board in North Carolina.  That has to end.

Learn more HERE.