County, city leaders reach few agreements in first meeting in months
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- From annexation to the contentious topic of baseball in the Port City, it was a war words this morning as Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders sat down at one table for the first time in months.

"This wasn't a touchy feely meeting today," County Commission Chair Ted Davis said. "It was a very honest, straight forward meeting. We came right out of the gate that way."

The nearly three-hour-long meeting between Wilmington City Council and New Hanover County Commissioners was anything but peaceful.

Annexation and sales tax distribution started off the meeting. There were no agreements made; only a promise to re-examine the issues.

Baseball was another sticking point.

"It would definitely spur off a lot of tax revenue for the county, and we would just like to see if they would participate in that," Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said.

The city wanted the county to commit to contributing money toward the ballpark if Wilmington voters approve it at the polls. But Davis says that leaves the county in a sticky position.

"The voters in Kure Beach didn't get a chance to vote, nor Wrightsville Beach, nor Carolina Beach, nor the unincorporated area, and they are county tax payers too, so you've got a dilemma on whatever funding you may want to use," Davis said.

With at least two county commissioners leaving in December, both boards hope to meet before then to talk more about their issues.

"This will not work, I mean this will all go for nothing, if we don't follow up," Davis said.

Both boards did agree on the importance of bringing business to our area and honing in on what types of companies would fit best and generate the most jobs.

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I suggest that all NHC Commissioners keep OUR money in the bank when it comes to the ball park. If its SUCH A GREAT PLAN...let Wilmington KEEP ALL THE MONEY! I for one, don't want to have ANYTHING to do with it as it's just going to end up sucking tax dollars out of my pocket in the form of a higher rate!

Movement of Jah people. Let me ask council, and the enlightened commissioners. Who is left in your town when the rich, successful, educated and employed leave? Raise taxes and increase restrictions more to find out. Ban smoking on public beaches, don't approve permits, give yourselves more raises in a recession etc. Ya know, just ignore the citizens sincere concerns, the silly budget and do what you want. It's whatever. Just keep it up.

A three hour meeting and this is all there is to report?

We still have a bunch of self serving people running everything. They are only interested in this community if it helps their own wallets or narrow views.

"The city wanted the county to commit to contributing money toward the ballpark if Wilmington voters approve it at the polls"

If the ballpark is going to be such a great financial success for the City, why would city "leaders" be motivated to ask the County to help pay for it? It certainly wouldn't be because they just want to share some of that anticipated revenue with NHC instead of keeping it all for themselves. Their past actions have more than proven that, and past behavior is always a strong indicator of anticipated future behavior.

"It would definitely spur off a lot of tax revenue for the county, and we would just like to see if they would participate in that," Wilmington Mayor Bill $affo said. And the number of people in NHC who actually believe that would be ..... Uhhh ..... Well let’s be realistic about this for a second; not even $affo really believes that. He does deserve credit for one thing though: He’s gotten so good at lying, he can look you right in the eye and not even blink while he’s doing it.

Gee, if ever there was something that didn't even come close to passing the smell test, this is it.