TROY — A resolution condemning the flying of the Confederate flag over the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department is on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
The resolution is expected to be presented to the board by Sam Martin, chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. According to a letter accompanying the resolution, the document was written by a committee of the party for consideration by the commissioners.
The resolution, titled “Urging Removal of the Confederate Flag, an Anti-American Symbol, from the Uwharrie Fire Department,” calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of bigotry, hatred and racism,” and a “symbol used in the opposition of civil rights” “often used in alliance with the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi organizations,” and flown “as an insult to all people who believe — as our country’s Founding Fathers stipulated — that we are all ‘created equal.’ …”
The resolution then “respectfully requests that the Uwharrie Fire Department immediately remove the Confederate flag from the flagpole and anywhere else on the premises of the Uwharrie Fire Department.” If not, it continues, “all available legal sanctions will immediately be pursued through the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to withhold funding and assistance to the Uwharrie Fire Department. …”
The Democrats stress that they “cannot in good faith support funding an organization that: a) promotes symbols rooted in violence and bigotry, b) promotes values which include attacks on American citizens, and c) opposes the core American value of equality for all. …”
For failure to remove the flag, the resolution concludes, “a committee will immediately be established to work with the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, for the purpose of analyzing the feasibility of terminating the existing Uwharrie Fire Department and implementing alternative fire prevention services for Uwharrie community residents.”
The commissioners can vote to accept the resolution, reject it or keep it under consideration.
The other major item on the agenda is final adoption of the 2017-2018 county budget. The proposed budget offered by the county manager totals $31,598,767 with no increase in the property tax rate.
Other items include a public hearing on the Badin Lake Fire District tax rate, setting a date for a public hearing on acquisition of property for a new high school, departmental reports, announcement of surplus vehicles and trailers, consideration of fireworks permits for Troy Fest and the Woodrun Association, various appointments and end-of-year adjustments.
The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in their third-floor assembly room in the Montgomery Administration Building at 102 E. Spring St., Troy.