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Wilmington City Council talks taxes, budget and sewage

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council gave its official approval to a bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly during Tuesday’s meeting.

The bill allows the city not to charge Monkey Junction residents for city taxes for the six months the area was legally annexed into the Port City’s limits.

Wilmington annexed about 1,000 acres of Monkey Junction last January, after a court ruling found that changes the General Assembly made to the annexation laws were unconstitutional.

The General Assembly later passed a law that requires cities to get approval from a majority of property owners before involuntary annexations can go forward. Monkey Junction residents overwhelmingly opted out of the annexation.

City Council also held a public hearing for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 budget include no property tax increase for residents, and a two percent pay increase for city employees.

Council is also planning for a fund balance for emergencies which totals $25 million.

The City also plans to continue funding for an infrastructure improvement plan, as well as funding for the Wilmington Police Department’s Mobile Field Force.

The first reading of the budget will be June 4th.

During the meeting, Council also approved a resolution authorizing the city to pay $300,000 in civil penalties to the Environmental Protection Agency.

This comes as a decree between the EPA, Wilmington, and CFPUA for sewer spills that happened several years ago.

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