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clean your own house first

1. Stop the convention center project, and have a private company persue building it and operating it - the city will collect taxes on "sales and use" and "hotel occupancy" anyway. 2. Consolidate any redundant departments with New Hanover County. This means Fire, Police, trash, Parks and Recreation, housing, public transportation, etc. This is all being prevented by greedy bean hoarders, and by EGOS. 3. Stop annexation. Look what happened to the last Government that enforced taxation without representation... The county areas being annexed cannot currently vote for the leaders trying to currently annex them. 4. Concentrate residential and corporate growth around downtown. Reduce permits and greenspace destruction in outlying areas. Make Wilmington a GREEN city, focus our growth on GREEN ecotourism. Research Costa Rica and Scotland. The majority of their economies in in ecotourism. 5. Discourage Hugo Nue and Titan type operations from settling here, and encourage GREEN technical and financial businesses to come here. This can be accomplished by providing downtown areas to develop, public transportation options (contracted out to a private company - highest bidder, to ensure efficiency and profitability), bike paths (to reduce impact on roads, for workforce health, and recreation), and a skilled and educated workforce. 6. Contract out whenever possible. There are TOO MANY city and county employees. Benefits and retirements are too expensive for our tax base to support. Private companies will streamline operations to be profitable, and the city or county can still provide guidelines and laws for how the services are to be provided. Look at what works Wilmington. Look at the big cities in the US, AND in Europe. Not saying we need to grow into a London, Seattle or a San Francisco, I like our current size. But our infrastructure frankly sucks. And it is more expensive per capita than most larger cities. Wilmington has always had so much potential, yet has been held back by small minded, greedy, insider-good-ol-boy, shifty, corrupt leaders. The worst part is that some of the power brokers were born and raised here - with family dating back to pre-Revolutionary times. Shame on them. I wonder if they are proud of what they see when they drive around this town. The key to our market is to make it desirable to move here. Make what we have desireable to buy, and stop flooding the market - and destroying/building on all the greenspace and ecology that makes it desireable to be here. Less supply increases the demand. Totally in our control, with the issuances of permits. The County can simply reduce the amount of building permits, by use a lottery system, to allow reasonable, controlled growth. Consolidate - don't annex an area that functions well without you. You bring nothing to the table but increased taxes. Does the council consider that they are ADDING to the economic woes of this area? duh.

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