While the City of Salisbury continues to provide first responder fire services to county residents, the County continues year after year to refuse to pay the $1.5 million it admittedly owes the City. The reason, they can't afford it.
Several years ago Executive Rick Pollitt admitted on PAC 14 that the County does in fact owe this money and stated he would find a way to pay back the City, he has failed.
So much so, the County owes the City almost $10,000,000.00!!!
Tack on the $3.5 million in income tax shortage in the County, Pollitt and Council continue to give extensive raises it simply cannot afford. The debt by adding the $1.5 million is really $5,000,000.00, excluding the $10,000,000.00 in past unpaid debt to the City.
We will be providing yet another big investigative story about the County very soon but I want to add that being this is an election year, Rick Pollitt refuses, (for now) to get involved in the Rain Tax. However, should Rick get reelected, don't you believe for a single second he won't be pushing to join other Counties throughout the state.
IF the County PAID BACK the City for these services mentioned above, DO YOU REALIZE City Residents would NOT have to pony up a penny for the legislation brought forth last night for the Storm Water Utility Fund, which is exactly $1.5 million dollars.
I say to Jim Ireton right here and now. Send the County to a collection agency and collect that funding and relieve the City taxpayers. If that doesn't work, STOP PAYING the City's share of expenses in the Government Office Building.
Just tell Rick, Like You, WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.