The Mayor of Princeville, who has filled a lawsuit against Bishop George for $300,000 has come under fire. It is funny that city of Princeville is missing $300,000 from their budget that Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates controlled until recently. Although, Mayor Oates pleaded her case to remain in control of the city’s money she was proven to be unable to be responsible to do the right thing. Over 200 citizens of Princeville water was cut off not because they did not pay their bill to the city, but somehow the funds did not make it to the water department. Mysteriously the money is missing. Now the financial books have been turned over to the state and she is for the most part a mayor in name only with no control or power. Could it just be that she robbed the City of Princeville of $300,000 to replace the funds she lost in the investment? All of it will soon come to light now the State of North Carolina is in control and started an investigation. Hopefully she was not dump enough to steal the exact amount of money she is suing Bishop Bloomer for due to her loosing it to a bad investment.
It seems that Bishop Bloomer will be off the hook for this pretty soon. Due to lawsuits being a matter of public record and Mayor Everette-Oates city being financially strapped all fingers are soon going to be pointing to her and this is not on one that will be hard to figure out. Now it might be time to get a good criminal attorney on retainer before a federal indictment comes down against her for having embezzled money from her town. However, this is all just speculation and not known to be the truth as of yet. Not so sure if Bishop George Bloomer is totally off the hook just yet, but he sure seems to be coming out of the woods rather nicely on this one and just might be the apology he has wanted after all and Priscilla Everette-Oates might be on her way to jail pretty soon!
A unit of the State Treasurer’s Office took control Monday of the books for financially strapped Princeville, with the goal of getting the EdgecombeCounty town’s budget back in order.
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The move by the state Local Government Commission was only the fifth time since the 1930s that the state has assumed control of a North Carolina town’s finances. Princeville has the dubious distinction of being on the list twice – the commission also had to straighten out its books in 1997.
“We don’t believe the town really has the adequate staff and capacity to address all the serious issues they are facing,” said Vance Holloman, secretary of the Local Government Commission.
The state says Princeville’s expenses exceed its $1 million annual budget in every functional area by a combined 9 percent and that the town is in danger of defaulting on a $310,700 loan to replace its water meters.
Earlier this month, Princeville shut off water to nearly a quarter of the town in an effort to collect money owed by those customers.
“It appears to me that the financial condition has significantly deteriorated,” state Revenue Secretary David Hoyle said.
Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates pleaded with the state to give Princeville another 30 days to get its financial act together.
“We have worked diligently on the budget,” Everette-Oates said. “We don’t need them to take the books. We need for them to come and assist us so we can get our things back in order.”
Town commissioners, however, backed the Local Government Commission’s move.
“The town is in a critical stage now. We really need your help,” Town Commissioner Gwendolyn Knight said.
“The only way you’re going to really help us is to impound our financial situation there,” Town Commissioner Ann Howell said.
Everette-Oates has asked the town attorney to look into appealing the state’s decision, but the Local Government Commission already has ordered town staffers to stop writing checks.
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