Conservative lawmakers seek to derail Perdue’s Dix Park deal

DixParkState Senators Ralph Hise, Louis Pate, Tommy Tucker, and Warren Daniel filed legislation Thursday to condemn the Dorothea Dix park deal inked just three-months ago by then-Governor Bev Perdue and the City of Raleigh.

Under the terms of the lease Raleigh would pay $500,000-per-year and develop the 325-acre property as a “destination park.”

But Senate Bill 334 would scrap the deal. Republicans contend that Perdue signed-off on a land deal well below market value.Berger tweet

Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger pledged at the time to terminate the “ill-conceived” lease and reclaim the land. Today Berger tweeted the revamped plan “ensures that the Dorthea Dix property will continue the legacy of service to North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizen.”

SB 334 would have the state Department of Administration evaluate the land and then re-lease a portion of the Dorothea Dix campus to Raleigh at fair market value. Any proceeds from sale or lease would be used solely for mental health treatment.

When Pat McCrory was asked by reporters last December about how he felt about Perdue’s transaction with the City of Raleigh, his answer was firm: “She’s the governor. That’s how I feel about it. She has the authority to make those moves.”

 

5 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    March 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    First, Hise, Pate and Tucker are Senators. Secondly, this is not a power grab Josh Stein. This is a readjustment of power after 140 years of corruption in NC lead by Democrats like Senator John Edwards.

  2. Lew

    March 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    +1

  3. david esmay

    March 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Another inane and absurd pronouncement from the Phyllis Schlafly of NC.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    March 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    David

    Are you saying Phylis would have gone to Elizabeth Edwards and told her the complete truth, the whole truth?

  5. Frances Jenkins

    March 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Mary Ann Baldwin should resign today. Criminal charges should be brought against her. Elected officials are not above the law.