Wilmington City Council woman Pat Delair speaks out about her financial troubles and recent criticism that she may be unfit to be a city leader. Just before the city council meeting tonight, Delair said her personal finances in no way effect her ability to make decisions about the city's. Delair was also the only vote delaying a million dollar city investment in the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. After a short stint in the hospital, Pat Delair was back in her seat at Tuesday's regular city council meeting. Delair responded to criticism from fellow councilman Jason Thompson that her personal financial problems make her unfit to handle taxpayer money. "No one is clearly aware of what I've been going through so to comment on it, to have a comment from someone who has no idea was kind of short sighted on their part," Pat Delair. Delair's downtown property is in foreclosure. The building that housed her feed business and an apartment is set to be auctioned off later this month. Delair says she's being strong-armed by credit card companies, while she's trying to do the right thing as a business owner. "I'm working with other vendors at this time, paying them off and I just did not feel compelled to be extorted and I just said do what you have to do, but my obligations are the people I've made commitments to," Delair said. Delair also responded to questions about whether she was fit to be on the city's audit committee. "I didn't ask to be on the audit committee. If I'm not on the audit committee its not great shakes its not that important of a committee in terms of making decisions," Delair said. At City Council Tuesday it was Delair who suggested council wait to approve nearly one-million dollars in funding to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. Delair said it was because fellow council woman Laura Padgett wasn't there. As for her opinion on her personal debts, she says it has no bearing on her ability to make good decisions about the city's finances. "The two are not related at all. This is something I'm working out... business department and it's being taken care of," Delair said. As for the funding for the Cape Fear Utility Authority. The second and final reading on the ordinance will be heard at the next City Council meeting.
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