"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" - Especially when it includes a perk, like a free membership one of Charlotte's oldest Country Clubs.
Mayor Vi Lyles the Queen of the potted plants that sit on the dais each Monday while trying their best to destroy a once safe and beautiful city has apparently attempted to join Myers Park Country Club for free.
But it seems at least one member didn't appreciate the diversity and inclusion motivation and outed the proposed freebie.
The following at Charlotte's from a Local Charlotte, News Station:
One of the most exclusive country clubs in Charlotte, Myers Park Country Club, is considering giving Mayor Vi Lyles a free membership. If approved, Lyles’ $95,000 initiation fee would be waived and she would be dining and golfing with Charlotte’s top 1%.
After repeated requests for an interview, to no avail, Lyles’ city staff said in an email she “has no interest in becoming a member at Myers Park Country Club” despite the fact that she applied for a membership months ago.
A member of Myers Park Country Club took a picture of the Club’s internal website, showing the current “proposed members”. At the top of the list is Mayor Vi Lyles, but her potential membership was different than the rest. The website says she would be an “honorary” member, which means she wouldn’t have to pay the almost six-figure initiation fee.
“It’s less of a question of a legal problem and more of an ethical problem. I mean, $95,000 of a fee waived to join an elite, exclusive Country Club in the City of Charlotte. That’s way above the $50 that is allowed under the city ethics code and gift code,” said Kyle Luebke, Local Attorney/ Community Activist.
Luebke is very concerned Lyles is being considered for such an expensive perk.
According to a former Carmel Country Club employee, who wants to remain anonymous, the process of applying to get into the Myers Park Country Club is an extensive one. He said for Lyles to get to the point where her name and picture are on the Club’s internal website, it would’ve taken months, multiple letters of recommendation and a member to sponsor her. The former employee also said an elected official getting their membership comped is almost unheard of.
Luebke still has many questions.
“Does she know that she was going to get this comped? And if she wasn’t going to get this comp’d, and didn’t submit an application to get it comp’d, then why isn’t she just going to pay the $95,000 to become a member like she would have originally planned?”
“What do we expect from our public leaders and our public servants? Do we expect that they use their public service and their elected office to get $95,000 fees waived from elite country clubs? Do we expect them to raise their salary during a pandemic? Like what do we expect our community leaders to do? And I do not think that, you know, many of our elected officials, including the mayor here, have conducted themselves above reproach,” Luebke said.
Cedar's Take: After the musical interlude.....
The hand wringing liberals over at MPCC apparently thought it would be a good idea to extend a free membership to Vi Lyles, you know for diversification and inclusion purposes and since its 2021 it needed to be equitable so because of her skin color it needed to be free. After all her total compensation as Mayor is only $59,868.00 annually.
Given that consideration perhaps Myers Park Country Club would offer free memberships to CMPD Officers?
As the above news story stated the Mayor has refused to answer questions about her joining the club. But apparently the city attorney said NFW that accepting any sort of membership would be an ethics violation.
But her dishonor didn't bother to run the question by the city attorney until news media started asking questions. Guess if you have to ask you shouldn't do it doesn't apply if you don't think you have to ask?
Is anyone demanding that she release her federal tax returns? Perhaps she's making more from being a mayor than taxpayers assume?
She is the perfect example of failed democratic leadership in this city. Happy to take credit and completely silent when it comes to any issue that might require effort or could upset her voting block.
As you can see from the comments someone pointed out that Vi Lyles had not paid her real estate property taxes which were due on September 1st. After several TV News reporters inquired about the tax bill she paid her personal residence property tax (December 23, 2021) but her rental property bill is still outstanding.
Also of note are several people offering excuses for the Mayor. Many people believe property taxes are not due until the late fees start accruing on January 6th. The fact is late is late. The due date is September 1st, on September 2nd its late. Period.
Others blame her mortgage company. IDK my mortgage is with BofA and my property taxes are escrowed my bill was paid in October. Rental property was paid the first week in September. So seriously why would the mayor of Charlotte not set an example and pay her property taxes on time? The reason is because she is a poor leader.