Will A Diverse Community of Modest Means Survive? LTE re: Buncombe

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2/22/2015.  Submitted by Linda Humphries to AshevilleCitizen Times.

Will a Diverse Community of Modest Means Survive?

 

Asheville did not make one important list, “The state's Most Affordable Places to Live List”.  While Asheville is the 11th largest city in NC,  Asheville's “cost of Living” index exceeds Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Atlanta, Charleston... Buncombe is the 7th largest county in NC but it's citizens are well-below the state average in per capita income. Nonetheless, Asheville/Buncombe is "Moving Forward!" with the approval of a $58.5 million DHHS building, proposals for a $35 million "Aquatic Center", $6 million Sports Complex, 5 new Libraries= $11 million, Lake Julian proposal= $3 million and never ending Greenways...$1 million alone for a dream stroll from Long Shoals to Brevard Rd. Buncombe citizens cannot sustain this spending. Not to worry, we can sleep in our shelters, seek help at the new, beautiful DHHS building, walk greenways, sit in libraries, look at art, play ball on coal ash fields and soak our troubles away at our "Aquatic Center". We are not "Elitist"!  We are a diverse group with modest means.  However, no amount of home gardening, goodwill shopping, solar powering, hybrid driving and budget pinching can sustain us in the midst of this on-going “tax and spend spree” by our Commissioners.