In letters to us and our sister paper The Charlotte Observer, the president of the N.C. Association of Registers of Deeds criticized our story last week about association spending.
The letter, which you can read here, says the story contained "distortions and half truths."
The letter also notes that the association voted to raise private funds to provide two, $2,500 scholarships each year to the family members of registers of deeds, who are county-elected officials making in some cases more than $100,000 a year. The association members also decided to open the scholarships up to the family members of rank and file employees in the registers of deeds' offices.
As for the conferences, association president Wayne Rash said they are mostly about public business, not having fun. A conference schedule (see PDF below) shows the four-day conference has no business conducted on Saturday; a golf tournament, reception and banquet on Sunday; a Monday evening cookout at a nearby mountain park; and a reception, banquet and dancing at the conference's close on Tuesday evening.
One of the conference work sessions on Tuesday afternoon was originally entitled: "Today's Technology=Election Wins." One of the speakers confirmed his part of that session was to help registers of deeds use social media to get re-elected. (See second PDF below.)
Much of the association's money comes from dues charged to registers of deeds offices, conference registration fees and contributions from vendors who do business with the officials.