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Posted by JohnNC on 05/16/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “How Wake Commissioners Tore Themselves Apart Over a Defunct Golf Course

Never thought I would see "progressives" against preserving land. Doesn't matter, though. I'm going to vote for it.

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Posted by JohnNC on 05/16/2018 at 5:59 PM

Re: “A Horrible, No Good, Very Bad NCGA Idea Has Died (for Now)

Ms. Luten is either mistaken or being disingenuous in linking such an issue to the annual operating request.

Posted by JohnNC on 04/12/2018 at 6:37 PM

Re: “A Horrible, No Good, Very Bad NCGA Idea Has Died (for Now)

The $59 million dollar request would not address the issues at West Millbrook. That is a request for operating funds. Physical plant issues are capital issues, and since my election, we have never failed to fund a capital request from the schools. We have worked with the schools to prioritize construction and renovation on a 7 year rolling schedule.

This kind of situation is why I believe we need a new category on that 7 year plan - an emergency reserve of sorts to meet such situations or do things like advance a needed middle school in a place that may grow faster than expected (like Morrisville, for instance).

But no construction or renovation project has ever been turned down during my tenure as a County Commissioner.

-John Burns

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Posted by JohnNC on 04/12/2018 at 6:36 PM

Re: “What’s Behind the Legislature’s Plan to Overhaul the State Court System?

Schemes like this don't go over well in other democratic societies.…

Posted by JohnNC on 12/20/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Wake Commissioners and School Board Members Haven’t Gotten Over This Year’s Budget Fight

I found the meeting to be helpful, and appreciated the many points made by members of both boards, as we work to meet Wake County's expectations for its schools within its budget and the restraints imposed by the State Legislature. Politics ain't beanbag, and there are always going to be tensions between these two Constitutionally-intertwined but distinct bodies. But we are working hard to work together.

Mr. Goldsmith's recollection of the discussion regarding telling the legislature that Wake County simply cannot comply with class-size mandates within the timeframe required by the legislature is not accurate. Counsel did not speak to the wisdom of the idea, they said they could not advise on attorney-client issues in an open forum - which is what the County Attorney was referring to as "not a good idea."

The question of whether the General Assembly has imposed an impossible to achieve mandate on the schools which is contrary to good educational practice is one we should continue to discuss. It may be that the right answer is "we understand the requirement and the goal, but we simply cannot achieve the timeline."

-John Burns
Wake County Commissioner

Posted by JohnNC on 11/01/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Wake County Says $2.3 Million Went Missing from the Register of Deeds Office Between 2008 and 2017

"The accounts of such an officer or employee shall be audited at least annually."

I hate to sound like Bill Clinton, Leanne, but the import of that sentence depends on what the definition of audit is.

The accounts were audited at least annually. But there are audits of accounts and there are fraud audits. We need to make clear that the fraud audits can occur when required by the County, regardless of whether the head of the agency is elected. The Sheriff, as a policy, invites the county and its external auditors in to do deep dive audits. The Register of Deeds, as a matter of longstanding policy stretching back over several County Managers, did not.

The upcoming Memorandum of Understanding between the County and the Register of Deeds office will address that issue, as well as other cash management policy questions, to bring the ROD in line with the other County offices and establish a clear line of authority where there wasn't one before.

And the DA and SBI will tell us who the evidence shows was responsible for the actual theft, and they will, I have no doubt, be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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Posted by JohnNC on 08/31/2017 at 7:09 PM

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