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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- City council won't vote on the budget until the middle of June. Until then they'll continue to hammer out specifics.

On the table Tuesday, Wilmington’s City Council is pounding out the 2014-15 budget.

“So you have the balancing act of, we want to do more things, but we don't have any more money,’ said Malissa Talbert, spokesperson for the City of Wilmington, “what are we going to do we don't want to cut services either.”

The answer is raising your taxes. For the average homeowner a 1-cent property tax increase on a $200-thousand home would work out to an increase of about $20 bucks per year.

The plan for that money though also has a big impact.

"It's not gonna (sic) fund everything,” said Talbert, “but it will help with the enhancements that we've talked about with the public safety and intervention a 1-cent tax increase.”

An increase that will fund things like roads and sidewalks, keep wages competitive for city employees including police and fire and maintain core services for the city.

“Virtually every service we provide in the city is dependent on good people,” Talbert said.

Taxes aren’t the only increases being eyed; water increases are on the horizon too up 6 percent. Solid waste planned to go up 6 percent as well.

Now there are several more steps until budget approval, including a public hearing on May 20th, and a final work session on May 30th.

A final vote is set for June 17th.

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How About

making a few cuts. A few suggestions:

eliminate subsidies for the Wilmington Film Commission.

eliminate subidies for WAVE. Let it stand or fail on its own merits.

eliminate subsidies for the great white albatross known as the Convention Center. Better yet, sell it to a private, for profit entity.

eliminate outside studies and consultants

If you're going to raise property taxes; make some cuts as well.

Don't buy property for

Don't buy property for unneeded parks. If you want extras, wait until you can afford extras. This is just common sense budgeting.

Bring Back Baseball Surveys and Millions Lost on Parking Deck

Surf City Tom,
We need to spend money to invest in baseball. We also need to continue to mess around buying and selling the parking deck downtown losing millions each time. Only then will we get back to smart fiscal policy. By the way, I'm not sarcastic at all.

If you're not sarcastic

you must be brain dead.

There has to be an end to the mindless spending by the City.

They can not fund each new folly with a property tax rate increase.

Watch what happens when the County re-evaluates property values.

Taxes

You don't even live here.

GEE, you caught me

too bad you don't understand 1 can own real estate in the city without living in the city.

And by owning real estate, I pay property taxes just like any other property owner.

Unlike residents, I can not vote in city elections.

All I can do is express my opinion and ask questions in media venues like this 1.

For the record, did you vote on Tuesday?