The following appeared in the Mountain Xpress:

At a realtors’ luncheon on Aug. 5, Rep. Tim Moffitt admitted that state legislators changed a recreation authority bill to stop the city of Asheville from joining and saving money. The change was retaliation for the city’s lawsuit over the forcible transfer of its water system, said Moffitt: “Until the lawsuit is settled, we took the authority away from the city.”