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Archive for February, 2012

Feb. 21 filings

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Man cited after gun goes off in Cracker Barrel

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Wilmington police cited a Leland man after his gun went off in a Cracker Barrel bathroom.

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SURVEY: Wilmington cheapest in state for basic services

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — A recent survey completed by a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill business professor shows Wilmington residents may be getting the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to paying for basic city services.

Wilmington ranks No. 1 in Michael Jacobs’ “N.C. Stewardship Index,” a chart that ranks the largest 25 North Carolina cities based on a system of metrics comparing their respective property tax rates, and water and sewer rates.

According to metrics used to complete the index, an average Wilmington family pays $3,969 a year in combined property taxes and utility services. Hickory ranked second with $4,147 a year, while Asheville ranked third at $4,274.

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Ballpark discussion continues despite likely tax hike, budget issues

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A drop in property values will most likely mean the City of Wilmington will have to raise property taxes to pay for its next budget. That issue has some residents asking whether the city should even be talking about building a baseball stadium.

“Part of the idea of the ball field is for there to be an economic development aspect to try and better some things for the city,” Mayor Pro Tem Earl Sheridan said.

Regardless of whether the city of wilmington builds a baseball stadium, property taxes will likely go up.

Based on property value estimates the city’s current tax rate of 37 cents would have to jump to 41 cents to keep a revenue neutral rate.

The city says that means a home owner whose property value decreased 14 percent would pay less tax under the new rate. But if your property value only dropped 4 percent, your tax bill will go up more than $40 a year.

That and other budget issues have many taxpayers we talked with wondering whether it makes financial sense to build a baseball stadium.

“Nothing makes financial sense right now,” Wilmington resident Beverly Bobbe said. “Nothing at all.”

Taxpayer Jennifer Chilcote said, “Maybe up front it could initially not seem that beneficial. I think eventually down the road it could bring us a little bit out of debt. It could help us a lot.”

Some Wilmington taxpayers say the stadium is part of a facelift downtown needs no matter who’s paying for it. Others totally disagree.

“All the various views that people have, you know, we run into people on the street, and they talk to us, we get e-mails, we get calls and those kinds of things. All of those kinds of things are going to be considered,” Sheridan said.

Wilmington City Council meets tonight at 6:30. They will vote whether to spend more than $120,000 through June on the ballpark negotiations.

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Lt. Gov. Dalton kicks off governor’s bid

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says he’s a leader in education innovation who would work to reverse what he calls lasting damage to North Carolina by Republican political forces if he’s elected governor.

Dalton officially began his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday at an old tobacco factory in Durham that’s been converted for modern uses. The former state senator and Rutherfordton lawyer said he chose Durham to start his campaign because it’s a symbol of adapting to changing times.

Dalton filed candidacy papers before Tuesday’s event. He scheduled another stop in Greensboro later in the day. He brings his campaign to Wilmington tomorrow with a tour of Screen Gems Studios.

State Rep. Bill Faison, Gary Dunn and Gardenia Henley already have filed as candidates for the May primary. Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge also said he’s running.

Republican Pat McCrory is also in the race.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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