Just Not True
|In Monday's News Herald story about the delinquent Tellico Village
lots, the POA gave a response in the story that for lack of a better
discription, was just an out right lie. In case you missed it here it
I honestly don't know how people can just lie and not expect to be called on it.
The POA has made no offers to settle this matter at all. Quite to the contrary. The only time they made any offer to settle this was back in 2014 when the agreed to take back the worthless lots if the county agreed to pay off the debt on the Tellico Village library to the tune of 1.4 million dollars and make an unspecified contribution to the POA marketing department. And on top of that, they asked that what ever settlement was reached, the terms would be kept confidential.
The county flatly turned this down. The POA's next move was to take the county to court not once but twice in an attempt to force the county to potentially take possession of those lots. They lost in both attempts.
In reality, the POA could, with a signature, waive the POA fees if the county ended up with the properties and the county could give the properties back to the POA and they could then try to sell them. Unfortunately, Mr. Winston Blazer, Tellico Village general manager and the POA board have decided to use the situation, that some might call extortion, to squeeze county tax payers for millions of dollars to prop up the POA.
As the News Herald editorial suggested, why wouldn't the POA representatives sit down with the commission and come to terms with the situation?
I would welcome that meeting.