In response to Mr. Layburn’s letter, I commend his encouragement of the people to do their civic duty by exercising their right to vote.
I must first address a myth about our nation. We are not, nor have we ever been, a Democracy. Article 4, section 4 of the U.S. Consitution states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government..” A Republic is a form of government where supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote, and is exercised by elected officials in accordance to law (not majority rule). No variation of the word democracy appears anywhere in our U.S. or N.C. Constitutions. I made an oath to uphold the Constitutions and the law, not the “majority rule”.
As to the voters having expressed their approval of the $10 million bond for Old Monroe Rd., I was consistently against the bond while running for office, and will maintain that stance. If I did not maintain the position I ran on, I would be abandoning the people who voted for me and would be a “half-truthed liar”. As for endorsements, there is nothing phony about the Constitution Party of NC, nor the Republican Liberty Caucus.
On Monroe Road., it is a state road and is under the jurisdiction of North Carolina. I happened to have the privilege of talking to Barry Moose with the NCDOT on Monday, and asked him a few questions that people were asking me. First, it has been identified as a priority and is a “funded” project. So my question was if that is so, why isn’t dirt being moved? Turns out that being a “funded” project means the project has been placed on a budget schedule. It has been funded via the future budget. When that budget schedule comes to fruition, the money will flow and the dirt will move. The projected timeframe of the project is for 2018.
What about the bond then? I asked if having it will guarantee the project being completed sooner, and the answer is no. Having the bond and a municipal agreement with NCDOT will, however, help secure the timeline. If there is a revenue shortfall that only allows funding for one of two projects, the project with the agreement would likely have priority. What will determine the timeline more than anything else is available revenue. Future revenue can be adversely affected in two ways. One, the effort to cap the gas tax in Raleigh could impact funding. Two, as gas prices increase, consumption decreases. As consumption decreases so does revenue, which is where money for state roads comes from.
So there is the truth.