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|Pre-Election Political Drama in Abingdon
|Only weeks before voters decide who will be Mayor in Abingdon, the incumbent says he's investigating a politically-charged claim made by a businessman who has made it clear he doesn't want the mayor re-elected.
Mayor Roger Stegall told the Abingdon City Council last night he's investigating claims made by Terry Bell that some properties owned by a local businessman and alleged supporter of Stegall had their water bills "washed off the books" in exchange for campaign contributions.
Stegall didn't directly address the political aspect, but says he's been looking into the matter, and no water bills have been taken off the books, since they never were on the books to begin with.
"Somebody's gonna have to pay for that water and it's gonna be taken care of, nobody's being given that water. As a matter of fact what I'v been told is that I can't do that, Greg [Schisler] can't do it, Shelia [Day, City Clerk] can't do it. If a deal like that is gonna be made the council has to make that kind of a deal."
Abingdon Water Superintendent Greg Schisler says the property in question was supposed to have its water shut off, but somehow never did, resulting in months of water usage that was essentially free, since it was recorded at City Hall as being shut off.
Bell also alleged that pro-Stegall campaign signs were placed on some of the landlord's properties, with threat of eviction if they were removed. That issue wasn't addressed.
(The Abingdon City Council met Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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