RALEIGH, NC – Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina, the state’s leading watchdog for taxpayers against special deals and wasteful spending, applauds State Sens. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Louis Pate (R-Wayne) and Tommy Tucker (R-Union) for introducing Senate Bill 334 to correct problems resulting from the poorly-planned lease of the Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh in late 2012.
“The dirty deal between the outgoing Perdue Administration and the City of Raleigh was a horrible deal for the state’s taxpayers – the real owners of the Dix Property,” said Dallas Woodhouse, director of AFP-NC. “Senate Bill 334 goes in the right direction by giving a fair market value to the lease and preserving the heritage of Dix Campus by serving the mentally ill – all while maintaining faith with the City of Raleigh.”
The bill, if passed, 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, “We applaud state legislators when they try to be good stewards of public property. We hope that the rest of the General Assembly will agree that this is a much better deal for the real owners of Dorothea Dix Campus – much better than the lame duck deal that was rushed through the Council of State in December.”
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 leased proposed by then-Governor Bev Perdue.