WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY’s “THE RANT”) — Well, it only took 84 days for our newest Wilmington City Council members and the mayor to break their campaign promise on taxes.
Tuesday, Mayor Bill Saffo announced the city is moving ahead to pursue building a new 6,000 seat baseball stadium. And, he’s not afraid to raise property taxes to get it done. “It might be a tax increase to pay for it. I’m not going to sugarcoat this thing,” he told the media during a news conference, “But of course we’d have to have a public forum, public input to see where the public stand on this because the public might be very much against it, but we’ve had a lot of people that have indicated they’d be very supportive of it, but it does come with a cost.”
In September, during an interview with Chad Adams on The Big Talker FM, Saffo said no taxes for the stadium.
During the campaign leading up to last November’s election, Councilman Neil Anderson also ran on a platform of not raising taxes. Here’s a quote from his campaign website that is still up-and-running at http://voteneilanderson.com/issues.html:
“Low taxes; strong police and fire departments; and solid infrastructure are all key ingredients for our local economy to breed new jobs. If we focus on these essential public services and stay committed to these core principles, then we will create a city in the future where we will still be proud to live…a city that will attract entrepreneurs and businesses without expensive incentives…and a city where our children can return home to find a good job and wonderful place to raise their families.”
“We need a city government that will work for all of us…that will place a greater value on our tax dollars and perform the essential services government was intended to do and not continue to blur the lines and proliferate. As a Council member, I will always ask this fundamental question before casting every vote, “Is this something the city needs to be involved in or is this something the free market can address more efficiently and effectively?”
On October 19, Councilwoman Margaret Haynes told us, “I think we’ve got to maintain our tax rate. I think that’s really important, so if that means we have to belt tighten some more, then we’re going to have to do more,” Haynes said. Click here to read the entire story. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/10/19/candidate-profile-margaret-haynes
Guess it goes to prove a politician will tell you anything to get elected.