Sen. Berger: Council of State Must Vote Down Bad Deal on Dix

The Council of State will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 and will face a decision of what do with the Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh. Governor Bev Perdue wants the other elected officials on the panel to approve a deal she worked out to allow the city of Raleigh to lease the land for 75 years.  Republicans leaders in the General Assembly say that’s a waste of very valuable land owned by the srtate and are urging the Council of State members not to go along with Perdue’s deal. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger the nonpartisan Fiscal and Program Evaluation Division estimates the lease deal, after factoring in inflation, is only worth $22.6 million.

“Even Gov. Perdue’s senior advisers readily admit her plan shortchanges North Carolina taxpayers,” said Berger. “I trust the Council of State will carefully weigh this important decision. And I know they understand their responsibility to be more than a rubber stamp for Gov. Perdue and her attempt to cobble together a last-minute legacy.”

Berger says the lease “dramatically” lower than even the most unfavorable appraisal of the property.