RALEIGH - A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate would invalidate the deal that transferred the Dorthea Dix campus from the State of North Carolina to the and the City of Raleigh.
Sens. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Louis Pate (R-Wayne) and Tommy Tucker (R-Union) introduced Senate Bill 334 which they say corrects problems with the transfer including ignoring a state law that requires an analysis of needs before the transfer.
Senate Bill 334 also
*Directs the state Department of Administration (DOA) to re-lease a portion of the Dorothea Dix campus to the City of Raleigh at fair market value, allowing the city to move forward with its vision of a world-class park for residents and visitors.
*Designates proceeds from the new lease agreement will fund mental health programs in the state.
*Preserves a portion of the property to house the consolidation of 2,500 state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employees on-site, saving North Carolina taxpayers the expense of moving them elsewhere.
*Instructs DOA and DHHS to study recommended uses for the remainder of the property identified in the 2007 State Government Facilities Master Plan, and report their findings to the General Assembly by March 2014.
*Maintains the purpose for the property outlined in the original deed from 1848 which said the land was to be used for the benefit of North Carolinians with mental illness.