This is tragic. Bel-Assa-Land(Belville/Navassa/Leland) will continue marching on with 3 different governments wasting taxpayer dollars.
Mr. Batson was right to think that a merger between Belville and Leland was a good thing but he was ignorant of some ordinances that needed to be changed in order for this to proceed. He was arrogant to think he could initiate this on his own.
He was at times a person full of self importance, yet this one issue is a selfless act of "realty awareness". Mr. Batson probably would not have a role to play in a merged Belville Leland (I would add Navassa) government. Perhaps this is why the Belville commissioners are so upset - because they wouldn't be part of the new government either. I guess we'll never know.
It's a grand case of common sense being trumped by personal ambition and the people of Belville and Navassa are the true losers here. 3 separate governments being separated by an arbitrary line on a map.
Mr. Batson you went about this wrong, VERY WRONG and you paid the price commensurate with this action. However, in falling on your own sword, you have pointed out the true folly of how small town governments fail to protect their taxpayers best interests. All 3 towns should be ashamed.
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