Front Royal town attorney works to recover taxpayer dollars in EDA case


Over the weekend, several concerned Front Royal residents gathered in the park to discuss the Economic Development Authority (EDA) lawsuit. 

“There were basically people out with pitchforks and torches. They want to go after the EDA. They’ve got everyone’s money, tax-wise, and it’s getting more and more ridiculous,” said Front Royal resident Steven Schlesinger. 

In the town council work session, mayor Hollis Tharpe said town attorney, Doug Napier, will do everything he can to recover the taxpayer’s money that was overcharged. 

“The last count we had was $300,000 in overcharges and I think it’s time for Doug and the citizens to know we are going to do are our diligence and we may not get a penny or we may get it. We don’t know,” said Front Royal mayor Hollis Tharpe. 

Since the EDA lawsuit was filed last week, the Warren County Circuit Court has appointed a special grand jury to investigate the potential illegal activity across local government agencies.

“Unfortunately, I think we’re just going to have to wait until it comes out in the courts,” said Schlesinger.

Council members also discussed the possibility of conducting a forensic audit and filing a FOIA request before going into closed session. 

The town council will be discussing the EDA lawsuit further at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 8.  

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