We managed to receive a copy of the following intercepted e-mail addressed to the Republican leadership of that committee and some other members of it:
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 3:58 PM
To: Paul.Luebke@ncleg.net; Joe.Hackney@ncleg.net; Tim.Moore@ncleg.net; Stephen.LaRoque@ncleg.net; Bill.Faison@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net
Subject: Boone ETJ
I oppose the bill to remove Boone’s ETJ powers.
I grew up living in Boone, NC, currently own undeveloped land in Watauga County outside the Town limits, presently reside in Durham, and have helped host over a dozen family members visiting and renting accommodations in Boone and in Watauga County in the last two weeks. I first moved to Boone in 1957, and my family ties there go back to before 1950. I worked there as a land surveyor two summers during college, have watched the impact of growth as my family has added to our land holdings there over a span of 50 years, and do have some awareness of the issues facing the Town and County and their history, especially on issues of expanding population and housing.
I urge you not to pass the ill-conceived bill that has made it through the Senate that would remove Boone’s extra-territorial jurisdiction over some aspects of Watauga County. While many would prefer a simpler world, the Town and County are not isolated entities and necessarily must function like an inter-related ecosystem, in aspects of water, view-shed, projected growth, and governments. Over-simplification of the issues divorcing the two, while making a good political sound bite in these anti-government times, ignores the important realities of the relationship and interdependence. The Town and ASU bring valuable business, income, resources, and human capital to the area, all of which significantly benefit the County and its residents. At a minimum, let’s take a step back from that decision to review its real impact.
I hope that you will see through the thinly veiled attempt of some long-time, powerful developers and their political pawns, who have only their personal, selfish, short-term interests at heart, to limit the Town’s involvement in issues that are critical for the entire area in the future evolution of a reasonable, spreading community.
Thank you for considering serious implications of this for ourselves and for our children’s children.