Perfect Example of Fiscal Waste
$57,000. That’s the price tag NCDOT gave for removing the crape myrtles in the U.S. 15-501 median in Carthage and replanting new trees.
According to DOT, the trees were “experiencing disease” and “had outgrown their intended life span (in excess of 25 years).” A curious explanation, given that crape myrtles are well-known for their resistance to disease, and several on my property are more than 75 years old.
Only in the last sentence of their explanation did the DOT reveal their real reason (excuse) for the unwarranted expenditure, “to add new plants and additional color in preparation for the upcoming 2014 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Opens.”
In this day, when our state is heavily in debt, the fact we spent $57,000 to cut down perfectly good trees only to plant new ones is a perfect example of why we are in the fiscal mess we face today.
The compounded cost of all these pet projects is ridiculous and represents the corrupt thinking and disregard for responsible spending that occurs in government agencies.
If you agree, please contact your state representatives.
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