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Wilmington wishlist faces challenge from Republican legislature

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Christmas is right around the corner, and many folks are getting their wishlists in order. Wilmington City Council is no different.

Council released an extensive wish list last week for the local legislative delegation. On the agenda: annexation, more taxes for transportation and funding for the Cape Fear Skyway.

City councilman Kevin O'Grady said this list is very important to city progress and hopes North Carolina can maintain a united front.

"Each year the city prepares a legislative agenda for both the federal and the state legislature, because cities in North Carolina are very dependent upon what legislation the federal government and the state government pass."

With the new Republican control of the legislature in Raleigh, that may be easier said than done.

"Ain't gonna happen," Senator-elect Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover) said as he looked at some of the items on the list. Goolsby said although some of the requests are within the realm of possibilities, others are simply out of the question.

"Taxation without representation is wrong, and that's what forced annexation is, and I wanna see that stopped," he said.

Goolsby likes the idea of the Cape Fear Skyway, but has no idea where funding would come from. He said there are many more important issues to target, like improving roads and creating jobs.

"We're gonna do everything we can to make sure that our roads are properly maintained here in New Hanover County," he said. "That's very important for jobs, which is job number one for the legislature. For the new Republican legislature we're looking for every way we can to reduce taxes, to reduce burdens on people, to get folks back to work."

City Council knows that it will not receive all it has asked for, but members hope to have their concerns heard.

"You don't get everything that's on the list," O'Grady said. "Last year, we didn't get everything. We got some things we didn't get everything. Some of those same items appear again because we still feel they're important."

Goolsby said he does support improving film incentives. City Council also wants the authority to impose extra fees on bars to help cover the cost if policing downtown.

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