Chad Nesbitt attacks Citizen-Times’ take on public opinion of hotel development

Chad Nesbitt. Photo courtesy of Nesbitt
Chad Nesbitt. Photo courtesy of Nesbitt

The ever controversial Chad Nesbitt released a statement to the media today voicing objection to the Citizen- Times’ statement in a recent article that some of the voting public feels the tourism industry is not sharing the wealth enough.  Mr. Nesbitt, who is running for the chair position on the Buncombe County board of commissioners, offered evidence that projects directly benefitting the public have been directly supported by the Tourism Development Fund. The fund is supported by the 6 percent hotel tax.

Press release from Chad Nesbitt’s campaign for Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners:

Nesbitt responds to Asheville Citizen-Times article about Asheville City Council’s approval of a new 7-story South Asheville hotel and the extortion tactics employed by certain council members.
Gordon Smith, Brownie Newman and their minions in the liberal mafia known as Asheville socialist democratic politics are trying to extort businesses and entrepreneurs during the approval process in front of Asheville City Council.
As Chairman of the Buncombe County Commission, I pledge to follow the rule of law as opposed to the whims of liberal, socialist pseudo-politicians.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, “Several hotels being built downtown became the target of voters last year who felt the thriving tourism industry wasn’t sharing benefits with locals.”
So the Socialist Democrats on city council decided to bully business owners. When you look at the facts, though, it tells a totally different picture.

The hotel tax of 6 percent is an industry-initiated tax to support marketing the destination and funding infrastructure to bolster Asheville and the region’s tourism standing. This is in addition to the 7 percent state sales tax which is a revenue source for the city. Roughly 75 percent of the money raised by the hotel tax goes to marketing and 25 percent goes to the Tourism Development Fund. Since its inception in 2001, over $16 million of the $23 million fund – 70 percent – has gone to projects directly benefitting the City of Asheville and it’s residents. The list is numerous and high profile and can be found at
Highlights include the soccer complex, US Cellular Center, Pack Square Pavilion, Asheville Art Museum to name a few.
So this begs the question: When is enough enough?!?
Apparently to those like Gordon Smith, Brownie Newman and avowed socialist and community activist Timothy Sadler, enough is when they say it is.
As chairman, I promise to stop the bullying of businesses with un-necessary and un-lawful tactics you’d see only in China or Russia. This is America. And although from downtown Asheville, you might not be able to recognize liberty and freedom to do business, in Buncombe County we will.

About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

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2 thoughts on “Chad Nesbitt attacks Citizen-Times’ take on public opinion of hotel development

  1. Yep

    one of these days, the city dwellers are going to have enough of the oppressive socialist regime running this nasty town…

  2. Hard to respect a man who can’t even finish painting his own house. It’s a simple task that shouldn’t take years. Like Sara Palin, he quits a job half way through. If you can’t finish painting your house, how are you going to run a government?

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