RALEIGH, NC – Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina, the state’s leading watchdog for taxpayers against special deals and wasteful spending, applauds the State Senate for passing Senate Bill 334 – a bill that corrects problems resulting from the poorly-planned lease of the Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh in late 2012.
“The crooked lease between the lame duck Perdue Administration and the City of Raleigh was a horrible deal for the state’s taxpayers – the real owners of Dix Campus,” said Dallas Woodhouse, director of AFP-NC. “Today, the Senate showed real leadership for all North Carolina taxpayers – not just the ‘inside the Beltline’ lobby.”
The bill would direct the state Department of Administration (DOA) to re-lease a portion of the Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh – at a fair market value for taxpayers. Meanwhile, the bill would also preserve a section of Dix Campus to house the consolidation of 2,500 state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employees on-site, saving North Carolina taxpayers the expense of moving them elsewhere.
Woodhouse continued, “The City of Raleigh is not entitled to an under-value, special deal so that it can create one more park to add to its collection of more than 200 city parks already in existence. All North Carolina taxpayers deserve a better deal for state-owned property. This is about fairness for all of the rightful owners of this property. “
“We still believe that some private sector development should be an option for the property, with the revenue supporting mental health programs,” said Woodhouse.
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina was a vocal opponent of the Dix Campus lease deal in December. The group organized a sizeable grassroots calling effort to contact Council of State members and ask them to reject the lease proposed by then-Governor Bev Perdue.
For questions or interview requests for Dallas Woodhouse, please email DWoodhouse@afphq.org or call 919-671-1050.