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Gowdy Taking On Property Tax Fraud?

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Property owners hire Gowdy to address issues with Spartanburg Water

Gowdy's hiring announced during City Council meeting

A group has retained former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy as its attorney to address issues with a local utility, according to one of the property owners in the group.

It was announced during the public comment section of Monday night’s Spartanburg City Council meeting that property owners on Lakes Blalock and Bowen have retained Gowdy.

“We need to stop the Boston Tea Party or you’ve got a lawsuit,” Matt Spencer said, referring to the thought the property owners are being “taxed” without a representative on the Public Works Commission. “You know Trey Gowdy, right? Trey Gowdy has been hired by our group, and you don’t want that kind of lawsuit. You all know how great Trey Gowdy is.”

Spencer lives on Lake Bowen. He said the three-person commission needs to grow to seven.

There’s a bill in the legislature that would make that happen.

Spencer wasn’t the only speaker to address the council on issues surrounding Spartanburg Water.

Len Fletcher made the point county residents pay more for water than city residents do. WYFF News 4 Investigates previously reported customers in city limits pay $0.384 per 100 gallons used.

Customers outside city limits pay $0.672.

Dwight Smith wanted to know when the makeup of the commission would appear on the City Council’s agenda. He didn’t get an answer during the public comment period.

“Our understanding is that the (Commission of Public Works) and its staff are actively working through the issues of concern to those whose property abuts the water system’s reservoirs,” City Manager Chris Story wrote in an emailed response to questions about the meeting. “ There is no role for the City Council in addressing or resolving those concerns. Therefore, no related actions will appear on any upcoming City Council agendas.”

WYFF News 4 has attempted to contact Gowdy. Spartanburg Water’s spokesman did not have a comment on the news of Gowdy’s representation.

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