Bronson Williams Requested City Of Rocky Mount NC Bad Debt Write-off History But Mayor Sandy Roberson & Councilman Lige Daughtridge Care To Talk About That Part

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you Bronson Williams for requesting and sharing this information. I am going to see how the Ignant Racist Special Cs and the Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk twist this. Now Run & Tell That! I’ll Wait! Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020 
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The City of Rocky Mount has written off $24 million since 1999. Most of which was centered around residential, but we do see business owners benefited from write-offs as well. While attempts to divide and conquer are present we must focus on growing Rocky Mount.

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Council members chide mayor over press release – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: This was one of the best meetings I have attended. Now that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson has had his Special Called Meeting to satisfy the Special Cs in the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens group they need to wait just like myself for the agencies that Beth Wood NC State Auditor say she has turned had turned her findings over to.

Mayor Sandy Roberson received criticism from the majority of the City Council about his communications via the news media in the aftermath of the recent findings of State Auditor Beth Wood and her team’s probe of the City of Rocky Mount’s finances and operations.

A council special work session was held Tuesday and led by Councilman Andre Knight in his capacity as mayor pro tem. A focus of council discussion was about a press release that Roberson, through a news media contact of his, emailed on May 19.

The press release stated that four council members refused to attend an upcoming emergency meeting of the council.

Of particular issue, as part of the press release, was Roberson and a city police sergeant posed together in a photograph. The photograph showed both holding paperwork of service, apparently in connection with the meeting.

During Tuesday’s work session, Roberson sat quietly. At the end of council discussion of the item, Roberson expressed appreciation for the suggestions and said he would take them under advisement.

During the work session, Councilman T.J. Walker told Roberson, “With the utmost respect that I have for you as an individual, as a businessman and your zeal to be a leader, I believe the way in which you handled this situation was very, very controversial in a time that’s already tense and controversial for our city.” (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

It’s Time that We Get Some Real Answers About This Latest Audit

State Auditor Beth Wood, in justifying why she launched her expensive, anticlimactic investigation into the goings on in Rocky Mount, said she was prompted to do so after being bombarded by citizen complaints about alleged improprieties. But I, along with a growing number of citizens across the region, are questioning Ms. Wood’s judgment and her motives.

No matter where you stand on the politics, citizen should be yelling at the top of their lungs demanding to know why there was such an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money and resources. To be clear, Ms. Wood authorized spending nearly a half-million dollars ($421,282.00) and a year’s worth of manpower hours (4,058 hours) to come to her most dramatic findings, that: 1.) A city councilman was able to evade $47,000 in utility bills; and 2.) City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney overspent her expense account to the tune of $500 a year for three years. Let that sink in, and forget for a moment that Ms. Wood’s alleged objective is to ensure governmental fiscal accountability.

Now, I ask every thoughtful, honest person to take a closer look at these charges. In the case of the councilman, whom Ms. Wood later identified as Andre Knight, there are several things that are quite troubling. Firstly, the North Carolina Utilities Commission as well as federal data privacy laws prohibit the release of personal information about utility account holders. Ms. Wood certainly knew that, because her audit never identified Mr. Knight by name. Yet, when she was interviewed by television and print reporters, she quickly threw the councilman’s name to the wind.

Since Mr. Knight has denied the charges, the public has a right to know what proof she has to the contrary and why she was not obliged to follow the law. Let’s say, for the sake of discussion, that reporters had gathered all of Rocky Mount’s utility bills and matched them to certain properties belonging to Mr. Knight. Those reporters would still have to determine whether all of the utility bills were his responsibility – and not that of a tenant or sub-tenant – during, in this particular case, the entire twenty (20)-year period. That’s right, the period in question traverses two decades!

Responding to the auditor, the city wrote, “The write-off amount the City reported … did not have supporting documentation in the form of printable billings that verified the total amount. A true or even proximate value could never be reconciled to the amount that was reported to the [auditor]. A total of $47,000 has never been substantiated by the City Staff or the [auditor] but was gleaned from a data dump performed by the City’s Finance Department. …In addition, many of the balances referenced by the [auditor] dating back to 1999 were much higher than normal residential accounts and defied logic as to how the calculations of those were made, much less confirmed. It is not clear whether the [auditor] investigated, when informed, that the account in question was subject to possible manipulation by unauthorized City staff for a good portion of the time that the write-offs covered.”

What’s even more disturbing is the auditor’s comment that, “Other City residents had to pay their bills timely to continue to receive services.” Thus, even if Mr. Knight’s bills had been written off, as she claims, her statement clearly suggests that Mr. Knight is the only person during this 20-year period who was given such a benefit. Is there anyone who believes this? Of course not. In fact, there were about $20 million in utility bills that were written off by the city during this same period. Why aren’t those names bantered about in public discourse?

Now, let’s delve into Ms. Wood’s other major finding, that Ms. Small-Toney lavished herself with lobster and shrimp dinners at the public’s expense. I have been outspoken about my belief that this audit –like the previous one that fizzled in a pool of racial animus – is an outright assault on the city’s Black leadership. First of all, it is absolutely outrageous to suggest that this city’s chief executive should’ve stuck to the cheap side of the menu. Who believes for a moment that the public outrage would be just as intense if it had gotten out that Mayor Sandy Roberson’s or a white city manager had chosen seafood over chicken or spaghetti? It harkens to the old racist trope of the “welfare queen” spending her food stamps on luxury dinners, instead of more modest fare.

Ms. Small-Toney provided receipts for a full $1,416.12 of the $1,575 in question, and she noted that the expenditures were for city staff dinners at conferences for the National League of Cities in Charlotte in 2017 ($858.62) and the ElectriCities in Ashville in 2018 ($557.50). A balance of $158 was unaccounted for. Sorry Ms. Woods, but this is hardly a finding that can be justified by such an expensive, yearlong investigation.

But Ms. Woods is not the only public figure whose motivation must be questioned. The mayor – yes, the same one who campaigned on his ability and desire to bring this racially fractured city together – has accelerated the longstanding attacks on the duly elected council majority and city manager, both of whom happen to be African American. He really revealed himself when he stepped up his political gamesmanship and asked Mr. Knight to resign. He knew that was throwing raw meat to an angry white contingency in this city who contend that Mr. Knight’s position on the City Council is in direct conflict with his role as the leader of the local chapter of the NAACP. (That white rage is clear to anyone paying attention to several local social media pages.) This is a telling indication of this city’s racial climate. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, has an equal opportunity to succeed in society. And the truth is, that mission should be in perfect harmony with anyone seeking to hold a council seat or sit in the mayor’s seat. Many African Americans worked for Mr. Roberson’s campaign, sincerely believing he would live up to his promise.

I’m in agreement with State Rep. Shelly Willingham (D-Edgecombe), who in recent days is asking from accountability from the state auditor and the mayor. Like many residents, he is asking why such a minute sliver of the city’s population (less than 4 tenths of one percent) was able to trigger such an expensive, protracted investigation. We want to know:

· Who were the complainants?

· What is her proof against Councilman Knight, and how, with protections afforded by law, was the auditor able to publicize his name as the utility account holder?

· Was Knight the only account holder who received write-offs during that 20-year period, as she intimated in the audit?

· If not, why was that information on other account holders withheld?

· How many others received write-offs; what are their names; and for how much were the entitlements?

· Why did Ms. Small-Toney receive such notable mention in the audit report when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?

It’s no secret that the audit was triggered by the usual crowd of disgruntled citizens who can find no comfort in the progressive agenda for downtown Rocky Mount developed and supported by the current city administration and City Council.

To those detractors, I say stop attempting to do an end-around a local government that was elected by the residents of this city, and allow the will of the majority to move forward.

Ms. Woods, stop allowing yourself to be a puppet of the recalcitrant obstructionists in our city and work to regain your reputation as an impartial state auditor. And, Mr. Roberson, be a change-maker – that person you promised during your campaign – not the one plotting against those making our city better for everyone.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 

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Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Is Calling For A Special Meeting Before The Meeting Just To Make It Appear He Has The Power To Remove Councilman Andre Knight

Last week Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson tried to call a meeting talking about he would be asking Rocky Mount Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem/President Rocky Mount NAACP Rev. Andre Knight to resign his post on the Rocky Mount City Council because of being accused of not paying nearly $50,000 in utilities. Sandy Claus had the audacity to take a photo with a Rocky Mount Police Sgt. trying to make it appear he was sending summons to the entire council to attend the meeting. He could not get a quorum but then said he cancelled the meeting due to he wanted to be about unity. Get the hell out of here!

Beth Woods NC State Auditor was petitioned by some  Ignant Racist Rocky Mount Special Cs because they are mad about Rocky Mount has a Black Majority Council, Black City Manager, Black Police Chief, Black Fire Chief and Black Department Heads and has growth on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

The Auditor released her draft findings to the council for them to respond to her recommendations and they did. The whole entire council met during their regular meeting and discussed the audit and then prepared a response. Now this was the time for Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council and any and all councilmembers who felt like Andre Knight should have resigned should have said it then and also whatever concerns they had about the audit.

Because the Rocky Mount City Council released the draft findings of the audit and their response on a Thursday before Beth Woods released the full audit on the following Friday, it appears she was mad because she didn’t like their response and because she says no one has released the draft findings and response before she released the full report. But just because that has not happened before do not make it illegal to do so in my opinion. I have not seen or heard it is illegal so I am past that for now. Beth Woods said she turned over her findings to some agencies so the audit is completed.

I am waiting to see how the agencies respond to her findings and then we can move forward. But in the mean time what the fuss? Let the damn process work itself out and let the chips fall where they lay.

So what in the hell are Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Lige Daughtridge Community Council trying to do? They are trying to push the White Supremacy Movement of the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Community Council, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV, 252 HoodNews, J. Keith Harris former Rocky Mount Fire Chief, Clint Williams formerly of WHIG-TV and Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis to name a few.

It is sad that the above are using scare tactics trying to force folk to go to a special called meeting of no significant substance that can’t be dealt with during the regularly scheduled meetings. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against but I be damn if I am for White Supremacy and will continue to challenge them.

I am requesting that Rocky Mount Council Members Richard Joyner, TJ Walker, Reuben Blackwell, Chris Miller, WB Bullock and Andre Knight to not attend the Special Call meeting on Tuesday May 26 at 2:00 that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Rocky Mount Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council are trying to have because you have a regularly scheduled monthly meeting that begin at 3:00 Committee of the Whole Meeting and then the meeting for the Public participation at 4:00 PM.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Fighting Crime Allow This Mess On Their Page Really! Oh Nothing New!

Damn shame how Black Folk allow this Racist Page to promote the White Supremacy Movement. This is B.S. to post a photo clearly of Andre Knight Rocky Mount City Councilman accusing him of stealing. I will say it again I act on the facts as presented and what has come before me is Beth Woods NC State Auditor did an audit. She presented her findings and the Rocky Mount City Council responded to the findings. But because the city released the findings draft along with their response on Thursday before the auditor released the full report on Friday. Auditor didn’t like the city response and now both the Auditor, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council have been in the media since that Friday. Knight spoke to media for the 1st time on yesterday. Auditor said she has turned over her findings to some agencies she felt needed to know about her findings. So I say let’s see how those agencies respond and let the chips fall were they lay.
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Ashley Roy Hill what a lie I didn’t create that photo do not know how to photo-op photos

Full Interview With Beth Woods NC State Auditor About Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight’s Utilities Bill

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As I have stated earlier the Auditor reported her findings, the city responded and she turned it over to other agencies so let the process work itself out.

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Knight breaks silence about state auditor’s probe – Rocky Mount Telegram

City Councilman Andre Knight told a regional television station he did not engage in criminal wrongdoing.

Knight on camera made clear he is not going to resign in the aftermath of a report of an investigation of the City of Rocky Mount by State Auditor Beth Wood and her team, which included him as a focus of the probe.

“I have never stolen,” Knight told WTVD in an interview conducted in the council chamber and aired on Friday afternoon.

“I have never taken. I never asked for preferential treatment. I have always fought and worked hard,” Knight said.

Word of WTVD planning to air video of an interview with Knight began circulating via social media on Thursday evening, this after activist and videographer Curmilus Dancy II posted a message on his blog. (Read more)