Crooked Creek Course Costs Capture Calabria's Con
By Brent Woodcox
Whenever you see a government entity make a questionable land deal, you should always follow the money. That was my instinct after the 4-3 vote during Monday's Wake County commissioners' meeting to spend $23 million on a failed golf course in Fuquay-Varina.
If Matt Calabria, who lives in Fuquay-Varina, thought it was a deal "too good to pass up," what could make him think that?
First, I thought, check the campaign finance reports. And I did find a few donations from people who live in and around the former golf course and who stand to benefit from the land being turned into a new 143-acre county park.
In Calabria's October 2014 campaign finance report...
In Calabria's November 2014 campaign finance report...
In Calabria's July 2017 campaign finance report...
All of these contributors live within 2.5 miles of the failed course turned county park.
But you know who lives even closer?
Matt Calabria's home is less than 1.5 miles from the county's new $23 million toy.
For Calabria not to disclose that fact when he lives within easy walking distance of this new proposed park is corrupt. He obviously stands to increase his property value at the expense of taxpayers.
Calabria should have recused himself from the vote rather than leading the charge to make this unnecessary purchase.
It would be cheaper for Wake County taxpayers if Calabria would just put their money directly into his pocket rather than funnel it through a park purchase designed to enrich himself and his campaign contributors.