Commissioner Picerno Seen Defending
Dubious Claims by Airport Manager
'Whose interests do these Commissioners serve?
Certainly not the interests of County taxpayers ...'
- T-SAW board member
MOORE COUNTY, NC (Jan. 22) – Leaders of Taxpayers to Stop Airport Waste (T-SAW) say they are appalled, "but not surprised," by County Commissioner Nick Picerno’s rush to defend dubious claims put out by an airport official at the commissioners' meeting Tuesday night.
"How can one of the County’s top elected officials be so out of touch," asks T-SAW’s Fred Korb, "with the needs of the County’s parents and children and the desires of all Moore County taxpaying voters?"
Korb aimed special criticism at Picerno’s attempt to back up the claim by Airport Manager Ron Maness that airport expansion is having no effect on airport neighbors and other taxpayers.
"Wasteful government spending of any sort, particularly on the futile dream of a big commercial airport, should not happen at a time when schools are being closed, and teachers and first responders are being laid off," Korb told the commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.
During the board’s questioning of Maness, Picerno stated that he was unaware of any such layoffs.
Another T-SAW board member asked, "Need we remind County voters of cutbacks in essential services while the airport and some noses grow?
"This latest waste of taxpayer funds," she added, "comes just months after the County was forced to close its top elementary school to relieve a projected Education Department deficit of $11 million."
She pointed, too, to another victim of last year's education cutbacks, the widely praised County School Orchestra Program, which had served Moore County's children for 36 years.
"Who do these Commissioners serve?" yet another T-SAW member stated angrily. "Certainly NOT the interests of County Taxpayers, but the Special Interests of a small sector of our business community, the people we refer to as 'The Pinehurst Hotel & Golf Cartel'. They'll be hearing our message loud and clear right up to November elections."
T-SAW Founder, County Chairman Picerno Spar
Over Tax Spending For MCAirport Expansion
WHISPERING PINES (Friday, Dec. 2) -- Moore County Commissioner Nick Picerno visited Village Hall yesterday to sit down with representatives of Taxpayers to Stop Airport Waste (T-SAW).
"The meeting was productive," said T-SAW founder and chairman Fred Korb, "inasmuch as Mr. Picerno agreed to encourage the Airport Authority to be more forthcoming and honest with taxpayers about airport spending and future airport expansion plans."
Korb said he's still concerned that Mr. Picerno and other County officials insist "no tax money goes into the airport."
"The hundreds of Moore County taxpayers, who've added their names to our FAA petition for a freeze on airport spending, see it differently," Korb adds.
Also on hand yesterday was Village Mayor Bob Zschoche, whom Picerno asked to arrange the meeting with Korb.
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