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City of Wilmington approves tax increase

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It's official- if you own a home in Wilmington, you'll not only pay more taxes to the county, but also to the city. In a 6 to 1 vote last night, Wilmington City Council approved a 128 million dollar budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st. Like the county's new budget it includes a property tax increase of three and a quarter cents per $100 dollars of value. The majority of that money will help make up for last year's county tax error. If your home is worth $250,000 dollars expect to pay $81 dollars a year more just to the city. City council woman Laura Padgett told NewsChannel three that the city added an extra cent to help offset the county's six million dollar deficit. Mayor Bill Saffo said despite the tough budget year, he and the Council were proud to make a tough decision of increasing firefighters' and police officers' salaries.

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This is also after they

This is also after they revalued our homes while real estate was high. So now we are paying 3.25 cents more for value that isn't there. Otherwise, it's a long road of red tape you have to go through to prove the true value of your home.

Why not ask the County to

Why not ask the County to pay for their mistake? It is a plain and simple fact of someone above the Tax Administrator not paying attention to him doing his job. Taxes are going to rise, that is a fact of life due to the rise in the cost of doing business as a government unit. While I can understand many peoples concern, they all need to realize if they want Fire protection, EMS coverage, and Police protection, they are going to have to pay. It is not a free service and has to be funded. So, take the hit, ask the County for money and move on!!!!!

Bad Timing

Uncertain economy, uncertain political future, sky high gas prices, essentials such as food on the rise, job reductions = higher city and county taxes. What's wrong with that equation? Our area just went through a huge economic (real estate) boom, and our officials/we have become spendthrifts with local tax money. The party's over! It's back to basis services, and allowing private enterprise and non-profits to do all those "great things".

THIS

is the reason I don't want to be in the city...DOUBLE TAXATION. The added "benefits" aren't worth the double tax!

i AGREE

YOU HAVE TO PAY COUNTY AND CITY TAXS BECASUE OF ANNEXATION AND WHAT DO YOU GET A STREET SWEPER THAT PUSHS DIRT IN CIRCLES THANKS FOR WASTIN MY MONEY ESP. ON CONVENTION CENTER NOBOY WILL USE

Already approved?

Hasn't this been already approved? I thought I read a whole other thread of people waiting for voting time to get the commissioners out of here. I also recall reading that someone is hopeful that once the "accidental" tax budget misjudgment has been paid for with this new tax increase, that we will get this tax increase taken back off. Paying for the mistakes of others, don't that beat all? (And yes, I am grammatically incorrect in the presentation of that last statement).

THAT

was New Hanover County that you saw...THIS is the City of Wilmington following suit.