WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How can Wilmington City Council take $700,000 of bond money earmarked for a natatorium and use it on another project? At last night’s city council meeting, we asked the city attorney how council could shift the funds. She said she was “too tired” to answer our questions.
Carolyn Johnson was rested enough today to talk with WWAY
The bond dollars in question will now be used to finish the Cross-City Trail.
Today we wanted to find out if this transfer of money is legal, since voters approved the money for the natatorium back in 2006.
Johnson said what voters voted on was a broad parks and recreation bond. She admits a natatorium was on a list of projects, but adds that it is legal if those bond dollars are transferred to another parks and rec project.
Johnson said if the city had moved those funds to street improvements downtown, for example, that would be an inappropriate transfer, because that is not a parks and rec project.