A $2,000 “gift” of Albemarle County taxpayer funds to the green-themed Tom Yum Festival (TYF) has many seeing red.
Festival sponsorship, as touted in a recent County press release, highlighted several attendee opportunities, including:
WEED SALAD BAR: Pat McCafferty and his students from Mountaintop Montessori School will host an assembly-line style Weed Salad Bar lined with 10 varieties of edible weeds. Pat will also lead an Edible Weed Walk throughout the warehouse district in downtown Charlottesville.
The cash donation (and appurtenant, unvalued endowment of county employee staff time) was administratively approved—sans oversight or scrutiny from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors—by County Spokesperson, Lee Catlin, who authorized the expenditure from her own “advertising line item” budget.
Notably, an Albemarle County Board of Supervisors majority (Duane Snow, Ann Mallek, Dennis Rooker and Chris Dumler) recently enacted a $600,000 tax increase, citing lack of funds for ongoing County schools’ operations.
While Charlottesville’s weed eaters, locavores, permaculturalists, and their fellow travelers rejoice over public “support” of the Tom Yum Festival, forlorn and unrepresented Albemarle County taxpayers have good reason to mourn.
Qu’ils mangent les mauvaises herbes.