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.