Government Accountability Project Asheville

The Buncombe County Commission meets this Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 5 pm. You can attend the meeting at 200 College Street, Room 326 in downtown Asheville. You can watch the meeting online via Buncombe County’s Facebook page. The full agenda is here.


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Use our prepared email template to take action on this week’s item.


Things that sound like a step in the right direction

New Business: Approval of Additional Research Capacity for Community Reparations Commission (document)

County Manager recommends approval of $100,000 to support “Additional Research Capacity” to meet data requests of the Reparations Commission. “It is critical to properly equip the (Reparations Commission’s five Impact Focus Area Workgroups) with resources to respond to the requested data and information so that the Reparations Commission can accompany their recommendations with evidence that can be used as a justification and legal basis.”

We are glad to see the County taking steps to ensure that important data requests from the Community Reparations Commission are met. In addition, we think it’s entirely appropriate that the County is allocating new funds to shore up their own research capacities, rather than drawing these funds from those already designated for forthcoming Reparations programs.

Things to do

We encourage you to reach out to the Buncombe County Commission in support of this funding allocation.

We have prepared an email template that addresses this issue. You can (a) use our County Commission template link to open up an email to adapt, (b) copy and paste the content below, or (c) write your own message and paste it into the County Commission contact page or send it to the email addresses below.


You can open this email in your own email program by clicking here. To proceed manually, you can copy and paste the text below into an email and then address it to the County Commission.

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Subject: Supporting Reparations research

Dear County Commissioners,

I am encouraged to see that your March 6th agenda includes a proposed allocation to fund additional research support for the Community Reparations Commission. This research support is vital to the success of the Commission’s work, as it will enable them to ground their forthcoming recommendations in relevant evidence. I am confident that you share my sense of how important this is and will vote to approve it.

Thanks for your leadership,