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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington voters tepid on City Council, warming to CFPUA

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re taking a closer look at an exclusive poll that reveals what Wilmington voters think about some major issues in our city, namely, the job City Council is doing, as well as what voters
think about the CFPUA.

The current Wilmington City Council has been in office for just three months. When asked whether voters approve or disapprove of the job it is doing 40 percent gave council the thumbs up. More than 50 percent though, are not happy.

“I guess 40 percent is a pretty good number that approve,” Councilwoman Laura Padgett said. “I’m not sure it’s a real number. I think polls can be directed by the way questions are answered.”


Voters were also asked if City Council is responsible or irresponsible when determining how to use taxpayer dollars. Again, not glowing reviews. Nearly 50 percent of those polled said “irresponsible.”

“I feel like we are elected to make our best judgement in how we use the money,” Padgett said. “I feel like we need to be very careful. I look at it as other people’s money, which makes it more important to me than how I might spend my own money.”

After battling billing problems and rate increases, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is slowly starting to wash its hands of disgruntled customers. The poll asked whether residents were satisfied with the services they received from the CFPUA. Of those polled, almost 55 percent said they were either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied.

“I think this organization, we’re 3.5-years-old now, and I think as more and more people interact with us they have been able to see time and time again the commitment we have from our board all the way through our organization for providing excellent service,” CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan said.

The results also show that 70 percent of those polled think jobs and the economy are the two most pressing issues the city is facing right now.

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