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A response to Brookover

I feel I must respond to Mr. Brookover’s letter. I know everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion; you are not, however, entitled to your own set of facts.

Here are the facts:

Many water and sewer funds had rate increases after the WV Legislature imposed a 12 percent reserve requirement in 2015. Yet even after the increase, the City of Vienna still has the 3rd cheapest water rate of any municipality in West Virginia — psc.state.wv.us/scripts/Utilities/rptWaterRankings3400.cfm.

Mr. Brookover listed many characteristics that he believes Mr. Smith possesses; however, he left out some important facts. Mr. Smith is a federally convicted felon, guilty of defrauding the government and his own employees for personal gain. He pled guilty to aiding and abetting the conversion and misapplication of health insurance premiums. He pled guilty to aiding and abetting the fraudulent receipt of bankruptcy property. He pled guilty to tax evasion. He took a plea bargain in exchange for testifying against his father. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was required to pay $245, 454.81 in restitution. (A public records search for the sentencing order from federal court will verify this.)

Regarding Mr. Brookover’s comment about the discounted senior police fee, our city attorney researched the discount and determined that state law prohibits discounting fees for a particular group. Once so advised, a majority of council disallowed the discount. Yet Elam and Conley still voted to pass the illegal discount — vienna-wv.com/uploads/09.27.18.pdf.

I am endorsing Cathy Smith for recorder. Her character, years of service and dedication to the city are unmatched. I do not believe two members of a family should serve on council at the same time.

We are blessed to live in Vienna. I am proud to be a member of the Vienna City Council. I hope we always try harder to make Vienna a great place to live.

I think we have worked hard to earn the peoples’ trust and continued support and hope they consider these points when they vote.

Randy Rapp

Vienna

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