Some residents in Summerfield offered last-minute advice for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners right before the county was set to adopt a new fiscal 2021-2022 budget. 

Members of a group called “Stand Up For Summerfield” sent an email to all of the county commissioners – and even some former ones – just before the Board of Commissioners planned to vote to approve a budget on Thursday, June 17.

Some residents in Summerfield, who are worried about too much aggressive development in their town, made their feelings known in a clear and forceful manner.

“As you know, we are an ever-growing group of citizens and families throughout Guilford County organized as Stand Up For Summerfield,” the email stated. “Our ideas are often aligned with many other citizen groups and teacher organizations. We understand you will be voting on a budget tonight.  We implore you to represent citizens, not developers, in your budget.”

In short, the group wanted the commissioners to use taxpayer money for the county’s pressing needs rather than for projects that might help development proceed in Summerfield.

“Many teachers and school employees have joined our cause,” the letter read. “1700 citizens signed a petition against using any government/taxpayer resources to extend water and sewer to help developers or in particular, David Couch.”

Couch, who owns a lot of land in Summerfield,  has spoken several times on a high-profile residential development he plans to build in the area.  The possibility has been raised that Guilford County and the City of Greensboro could play a role in bringing water to that development.

The group states that, instead, they want their taxpayer money – including COVID-19 relief funds Guilford County received under the  American Rescue Plan – to be spent on other things.

“What we do NOT support is a public water and/or sewer system in Summerfield or anywhere in Guilford County where it does not exist.  In fact, VERY FEW OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS EXCEPT POLITICIANS AND DEVELOPERS want public water and sewer in the County.  And certainly, if you help one developer, David Couch, make his land more profitable by using any of your budget ( or any COVID Relief funds)  the outcry from families and educators will be overwhelming.”