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Archive for June, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Ballpark petition has enough signatures, could go on November Ballot

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Board of Elections says it has verified enough signatures on a petition against a tax-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington.

Elections Director Marvin McFayden said late this afternoon, his office verified 74 signatures today. That brings the total to 2,848.

The results are in. There are now enough signatures on the petition against a tax-funded ballpark to take the next step.

It will now go to Wilmington City Council, which must either adopt it or put it up for a public vote.

“I can’t speak for council as a whole, but I don’t think that anyone thought that they wouldn’t come up with the number,” says City Councilman Neil Anderson.

Organizers submitted about 4,000 petition signatures to the board of elections last month, which was about 1,200 more than required. However, twice the board found there weren’t enough verified signatures. Finally on Tuesday, the petition was complete.

“Our victory is in it going into a public vote, not the outcome of the vote,” said Ben McCoy, one of the petition organizers. “Our victory is in getting it on the ballot.”

“The jury is out for us until we know exactly what we’re going to vote to adopt or to put on the ballot,” Anderson says.

McCoy guesses if left up to voters the ordinance would be a home run.

“It will be an eight to one vote in favor of our ordinance is my prediction,” he says.

Anderson says if they decide to put the ordinance to public vote, the city could possibly put a bond referendum on the ballot that would be an alternative to voters.

WWAY tried contacting Mayor Bill Saffo, but were not able to reach him for comment. Councilman Kevin O’Grady says he believes council will put the ordinance to a public vote and was confident citizens will vote against it because of its ambiguous language.

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Davis Community honors three founders with house names

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Davis Community at Porters Neck honored three founding board members at a ceremony May 8.

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Carolina Beach tax to increase, revenue to drop

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council held a public hearing on the budget proposal for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. They adopted a 16.1 million dollar budget calling for a tax rate of 23.5 cents per hundred, an increase from the current rate of 17.5 cents.

Because of falling property values, this will bring the town about 400 thousand dollars less than last year.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Class reunions; beard, moustache contest; family reunion

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

About 100 classmates and friends will celebrate the 60th class reunion of the New Hanover High School Class of 1952 on June 23.

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Senate budget gives NC gov more employment power

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s next governor would be able to hire more political appointees than his predecessor and decide on pay for his Cabinet if the Senate’s budget proposal becomes law.

Current law gives a governor the ability to hire potentially more than 400 policymakers across departments that are not subject to hiring and firing restrictions in the State Personnel Act. The Senate proposal unveiled this week would raise that total to about 1,000 people.

The bill also would no longer set specific salaries of Cabinet secretaries in state law starting Jan. 1 – giving that authority to the governor. But there would be no extra salary money overall.

Sen. Richard Stevens of Cary said the change gives more flexibility to the next governor to recruit the best people to run departments.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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