The Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council was eligible for $45,000 in outside agency funding. Outside agency funding is well-known to be a distraction to get us ignorant masses boiled over nickels and dimes when government is blowing mega-, giga-, and terabucks out their ears. The staff report looked innocuous enough, but after a lot of hemming and hawing by City Council that didn’t make a lot of sense, the bombs started dropping. Esther Manheimer asked how the city could give them money with the issues. Then, somebody said something about the back taxes. Another said the director had resigned. Another mentioned the SBI investigation. Very transparent.