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Pay Raises Needed

I, along with everyone else agree that it is ridiculous that taxes need to be raised. Unfortuately, it is happening in many governmental units in North Carolina. It is going to be a fact of life for several years to come. I for one am upset that the City has to use the greater portion of the proposed tax increase to cover a STUPID mistake that someone who knew better over at the County allowed to occur. Maybe the County should make up the difference. However, the City needs to step up to the plate and raise firefighter pay above market rate so they will stay on the job. Maybe the new Chief will have the decency to go before Council and say it has to be done for the department to survive. Service cuts cannot be allowed to occur in Wilmington due to the growth that is and will occur over the coming years. Support the pay raises and give the public servants the 2.5 percent and give the County the other 1 percent and say it is your fault, make up the difference however you can. Taxpayers will continue to see taxes go up due to the state of the economy and our country. Will the new election cure it? NO, so be prepared.

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