Opposing the limited voting plan, July 28, 2013

Published 6:32 pm Saturday, July 27, 2013

To the Editor:

I oppose Beaufort County’s limited voting the special committee’s recommendation for allowing voters to vote for two commissioners if four are being elected. The only fair and equitable method is to divide the county into five or more districts.

Beaufort County’s total tax base is $5.7 billion. The four townships and four smaller towns on the north side of the Pamlico River represent  $2.5 billion. or 44 percent of the county’s total. The two township and two towns on the south side of the river account for $2.3 billion, or 41 percent. The City of Washington’s taxable part is only 15 percent, or $843 million.

All seven commissioners have a Washington address. The time is now for all taxpayers to be guaranteed representation at the commissioners’ table.

A class-action lawsuit by 85 percent of the county taxpayers may be the only solution for change.

Frankie Waters