THE RANT: It only took 84 days for Wilmington City Council candidates to break campaign promise

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Submitted: Wed, 02/01/2012 - 4:23pm
Updated: Wed, 02/01/2012 - 8:22pm

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

β€œLow 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, β€œIs 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.

Guess it goes to prove a politician will tell you anything to get elected.


  • Guest CommonTater says:

    You are right on the money Truthseeker. I too have never voted for this liar and never will. Year after year the same lies and issues exist and the folks around here just keep voting the idiots back in. **shakes head**

    Thank you sir may I have another?

  • John Osmar says:

    Can it possibly be legal for elected officials to lie to the public, extort $35million from the public, and charge the public to use the facility built with the money? If an Atlanta Braves’ minor league baseball team is such a good deal, then let the Braves pay for it. $35million is about what they pay their pitchers for one year. I live in Carolina Beach, and if the county officials change their mind and support this, I will be first in line to sign the Recall Petition.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    They all lie and we all let them. Shame on all of us, myself included, for not holding any of our elected officials accountable in a meaningful way for virtually anything they say or do.

  • taxpayer says:

    Occupy Wilmington folks will have to say. Only those that own property within the City limits will be affected…the majority of OW folks won’t. Not to mention the residents of Section 8 housing…won’t hear a peep out of them either.

  • Another drained tax payer says:

    This is not the field of dreams movie.Just because you build it don’t mean they will come.I can bet you if you build it years to come it will be another place for the junkies and punks to hang out.Just build a nice park and leave it at that.They want to burn our tax dollars do something good build a nice homeless shelter so when you guys have us on the streets with our children we can stay at a place we helped build with our hard earn money.The ones that really want this raise the money your self start with selling barbecue that’s good that would make you money,throw a telethon,have a yard sale,sell candy bars do something than spend my money on this crazy ideal.And they think Berger has lost it.I think this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black the whole group is losing there noodle if they choose to build a ball park!

  • Truthseeker says:

    So a politician lies, whats new. You idiots keep electing Baffoon to mayor so you get what you vote for. Personally I have never voted for this liar and never will. This city has been spending money, taxpayer money as if there is no limit. How many things do we have we do not want? How hard do out of city areas fight to not be annexed? Baffoon and the council is why. Who would want to pay more to be in a city that does not offer one thing you do not already have except higher taxes. I was in the first annexation and not one thing has changed other than higher taxes, higher storm water charges, higher trash service and a incompetant city baffoon council. To hell with the convention center, baseball team, fix the damn streets. Front end alignment shops thrive because of city streets that have ruts, holes, worn our and Baffoon concentrates on baseball. Give me a break. These idiots have to be voted out, no choice, they do not have our interest at heart. The baffoons represent only a small minority of this city. The rich, elite and stupid!

  • Guest2020 says:

    Sounds good to me.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The ONLY way we will ever get rid of lying politicians is to condition people to immediately link a name to “big fat liar.”

    You will undoubtedly recall Nixon being referred to as “Tricky Dick.” Perhaps we need to come up with an equally adhesive nickname for Saffo and his fellow prevaricators?

    Come up with a few ideas and let us vote on it. Right now, I’m stuck – the best I can come up with is the “Bulls**t Bill.”

    Extremely accurate, but unwieldy…

  • Guest 1165 says:

    That cabal is the biggest bunch of liars I have ever seen. You know how to tell if Saffo is lying? His lips are moving.

  • Guest_99x says:

    True words, 1165. Pantano isn’t the only turd in the political punchbowl around these parts.

    I don’t, unfortunately see the drive happening yet, but I was hoping for local outrage to this baseball “deal” on the magnitude of that shown by the American people when Lil’ Bush, Jr. tried to push the Dubai ports deal.

  • GuestElderly says:

    So why is this news? ALL politicians break their campaign promises. I’m over 65 years old, and I’ve never seen one yet who didn’t.

  • Ken says:

    While I am not a supporter of Newt “The Hoot” Gingrich or Dr. Ron Paul, they do have a couple of ideas I fully support. Newt wants to build a colony on the moon and Dr. Paul thinks we should send some politicians up there. I support this idea as long as they build the colony on the “Dark Side” where Darth Vader lives. Any politician that supports a tax increase for anything other than basic city services such as police, fire protection and other required services should be included as a part of that colony.

    Not one to be cruel, each politician should be given one SCUBA tank with instructions on how to use it sparingly. Considering that they would all be ‘Taxing Politicians”, they should have a never ending supply of hot air for survival and they can tax it in any manner they see fit without fear of being voted off the moon or out of their air lock.

  • Robert Green says:

    Regardless of their political stripes, the city is going full steam ahead with an irresponsible project, during an economic period that has placed our nation in a very grave condition.These quotes go to show how dysfunctional our system of government has become.These are not people grounded in principles.Folks like Neil Anderson lose their credibility and public trust when they do not become vocal in their opposition.

    Bill Saffo gets a pass because every level-headed individual knows Saffo is a tax and spend liberal, who loves spending YOUR money.He could care less about the public’s input.The downside of King Billy finally doing interviews on the Big Talker FM is that they can go back in the archives and pull statements where you contradict yourself.You will need to polish up your skills if you have political aspirations beyond being mayor of liberal Wilmywood and crowning soap opera queens during the Mayberry Festival.

  • Guestin says:

    He’s saffo has always been a big fatty lying P.O.S politician, definition of politician if his lips are moving he’s is lying.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    “In September, during an interview with Chad Adams on The Big Talker FM, Saffo said no taxes for the stadium”, what a crock.

    Anything to bring something to a drab city.

    The only viable business’s in downtown are bars and attorneys.

    Why is it that a private business, cannot fund the venture on it’s own.

    If it’s such a great deal, why do taxpayers have to subsidize his “field of dreams”?

    Could it be that the Convention center, the proposed hotel, and the other revenue draining schemes aren’t functioning anywhere near we were told they would?

    “but we’ve had a lot of people that have indicated they’d be very supportive of it”, I can see that.

    The supporters he’s talking about are the “downtown square” that the police department has come up with to minimize Wilmington’s crime rate.

    The businesses downtown would love it. More foot traffic, more parking deck fees, more DWI arrests.

    The majority of Wilmington’s tax payers don’t go to UNCW games, much less a minor league team.

    If they (the team) wants to come here, put up the money, and carry their own weight, then fine.

    The Braves have money to do that.

    We don’t!

    When are the citizens going to pull the curtain back and find the true politicians that can’t wait to spend more of our money.

    The next thing on the list will probably be a dog racing track.

    When will we have the right to recall these bums. That is the only thing that will stop the out of control pipe dreaming fibbers we have now.

  • Robert Green says:

    What did Bill Saffo major in while at UNC-Wilmington…..physical education?It sure as hell was not finance or economics.If so, he needs to get a refund!

  • guesty says:

    “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.”

    Like the opposition against the convention center that you went ahead and built anyway? You have proven you lie, don’t listen to the public and are bought and paid for by developers. I wish Justin had won and I did vote for him.

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