In honor of this year’s Sunshine Week Xpress looked at publicly subsidized travel by elected officials and employees of Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council held their first joint meeting in more than one year on Tuesday, Feb. 7. While it was mostly presentations and information updates, Commissioners Al Whitesides and Mike Fryar used the time to question the African-American Heritage Commission and energy efficiency, respectively.
County commissioners and City Council members will meet up to discuss their common goals and projects. The gathering is the first of its kind in more than a year. Intended to showcase synergies between the two governmental entities, the meeting agenda doesn’t include any official action items.
In the aftermath of Buncombe County’s two-year effort to convince Orgegon-based Deschutes Brewery to build its East Coast expansion here, some critics have questioned the strategies employed. Buncombe County Commission Chair David Gantt released today (March 30) a timeline of events and supplemental documents correlated to Deschutes’ decision.
Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene is recommending commissioners hold the tax rate steady this year and borrow $44.3 million for a new downtown Asheville building addition and parking deck. Her budget proposal, which she’ll present to the board of commissioners Tuesday, June 3, calls for keeping the county-wide property tax rate at 60.4 cents per […]
Presenting her proposal to the board of commissioners May 28, Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene recommended a big tax hike to balance the budget.
Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene is recommending commissioners approve a big tax hike to balance the budget.
Buncombe County approved the temporary return of three newspaper boxes to their former home outside the courthouse but is continuing to ban the others removed late last month. The move comes after Mountain Xpress and the Asheville Citizen-Times jointly retained attorney Amanda Martin to write a letter challenging the county’s decision.
Photos by Jerry Nelson, JourneyAmerica.org
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.
Last week, Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene‘s office ordered the removal of 17 newspaper boxes in front of the courthouse, claiming they were unsightly. The move, according to North Carolina Press Association attorney Amanda Martin, was illegal and violates First Amendment protections on newspaper racks on public property.
The newspaper boxes after their removal. Photos by Jeff Tallman
The staff of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office is being reshuffled in the wake of Drew Reisinger‘s March 1 takeover.
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Feb. 15 meeting Three Sheriff’s Office staffers get $12,000 raises Western Highlands Network seeks to expand reach Buncombe leads state in number of adult-care homes After enduring a week of public criticism over their compensation, the Buncombe County commissioners gave themselves a hefty pay cut. On Feb. 15, they unanimously […]
As part of its ongoing efforts to cut costs, Buncombe County is considering privatizing its Mountain Mobility transportation system. County Manager Wanda Greene reports that the government plans to accept proposals from private entities interested in taking over operations beginning later this month.
School gets back in session this week, but don’t expect to see a Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department deputy driving up to a local school in one of the department’s black-and-white cruisers to drop off a child.
Buncombe County oversees many services, including health, elections, the Sheriff’s Office and the court system. All those agencies and more, with their attendant staff and paperwork, have to have somewhere to go, and as the county’s grown, the amount of vacant space available has dwindled. At the county commissioners’ Jan. 9-10 retreat, they tasked County […]
Buncombe County officials are studying everything from leasing mall space to building a new building to fill an urgent need for more office and courtroom space.
As tough economic times continue, Buncombe County government has asked all of its departments to plan for possible 5 percent cuts for the next budget year, County Manager Wanda Greene told Xpress. “In August, when we were facing increased fuel costs and caseloads, we asked departments to ready for 3 percent cuts. That was mostly […]
As tough economic times continue, Buncombe County government has asked all of its departments to plan for possible 5 percent cuts for the next budget year, County Manager Wanda Greene told Xpress today.