JohnNC | Indy Week

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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

Re: “No Funny Stuff During Monday's Solar Eclipse, North Carolina Officials Tell State Workers

Couldn't they have issued a statement that said "don't be an idiot"?

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Posted by JohnNC on 08/18/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “You Can Now Go Drink at RDU on Sunday Mornings

I am offended, Tommy ! I have partied both early and late.

AND I have gone to Sunday School.

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Posted by JohnNC on 08/08/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Should Wake County Spend Up to $20 Million to Convert a Failed Fuquay-Varina Golf Course into a Park?

the land will be landbanked by the school system, because land doesn't get cheaper.

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Posted by JohnNC on 07/27/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “North Carolina FC Has Come a Long Way in Two Years. But Is Raleigh Ready to Be an MLS Town?

It would be great if every article on this subject didn't attack Hurricanes attendance. Ten years of no playoffs would hurt attendance in Montreal, for crying out loud.

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Posted by JohnNC on 07/27/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

"razing entire blocks to build a massive stadium in the middle of residential neighborhoods"

Where are you getting that? This is not "in the middle of residential neighborhoods" - it's between the State Government complex and the railroad easement and Capital Boulevard. There are literally no residences in the area.

As for traffic, I look forward to seeing what improvements would be offered - the renewed Capital is going to be substantially better than what we have now, and improvements to Peace are anticipated.

I'm not going to reflexively say no because it's different. It's time we got beyond that knee-jerk response.

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Posted by JohnNC on 07/26/2017 at 3:27 PM

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