Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Commissioner of the Revenue Debbie Williams defends her letters sent to residents
Commissioner of the Revenue Debbie Williams was put in an awkward position of trying to defend herself during the well-attended public hearing tonight on repealing the five-year tax break for energy-efficient buildings.
She sent letters to all of the people who have been approved for the tax break or have applications in that if the supervisors repealed or changed the ordinance, it would impact them.
“I felt I was obligated to contact those people with a second letter that there was the possibility this ordinance would be repealed. I thought I was doing the right thing.”
Skinner replied that he was protecting county staff, who he said had nothing to do with the letters. Earlier in the meeting, he said Williams sent the letters and she is an elected officer, not an employee of the county.
Supervisor Hap Connors also said that never has the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center inquired about the energy-efficient tax credit.
Williams said the hospital did contact her twice. Connors again said he was told that no hospital employee contacted the county, and maybe it was a consultant.
In the end, the supervisors drastically changed the ordinance. I will have the full scoop in tomorrow’s paper.