Oriental Commissioner Larry Summers has been conscientious in keeping taxpayers abreast of the extraordinary spending by the town on the South Avenue lawsuit brought by one-time town Commissioner David Cox — a layman who has been representing himself in court
According to Mr. Summers, in an article on the front page of the Jan. 14 Pamlico News, town spending has now reached an astonishing $75,735 on this single case — probably enough money to completely replace the worn, disjointed playground equipment in Lupton Park.
This is evidence in tiny Oriental, N.C., of the bottomless generosity of taxpayers' pockets.
And as our elected officials have pointed out in the past, Oriental was not content to rely on Town Attorney Scott Davis, a lawyer already on the town payroll. Local officials hired a special, high-profile legal hot-shot to handle the town's defense in a case brought by a single citizen covering his own expenses.