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County missing $7 million

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WILMINGTON -- New Hanover County and Wilmington officials have discovered a major miscalculation in this year's property tax evaluation. Translation: the county is $7 million short. New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell says the property tax re-evaluation was $7 million higher than it should have been. Tax exempt properties -- such as non-profits, schools or government-owned facilities --were included in the reevaluation when they should not have been. Shell said, "I'm not happy about it, but we'll do what we have to do to rectify the problem. Mistakes happen. We are professionals at work, this was nothing but a professional mistake and we will do the best we can to correct it." Shell says the way the county plans to put together a team of people to figure out where they can reduce spending. He says the mistake will not have an impact on residents' property taxes from 2007. Shortfall or no, the county approved $50,000 in funding this morning to bring the submarine USS North Carolina to Wilmington May 3 for its formal commissioning. The city of Wilmington has already agreed to ante up another $50,000 for the event. The Navy is also helping pay for the commissioning, which is expected to bring about five thousand people to the area. The sub will be brought to the state ports in late April under extremely tight security because it is a nuclear vessel.

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budget shortage

They should be able to pull it out of the savings account that counties are required to have. Many of the wealthier counties have much more than the minimum required by the Dept of Revenue. For sure, New Hanover County has quite a bit more than the minimum requirements.

shortfall

this november, we will be voting for three county commissioners. think about it.

Who Pays The Bill For The "Mistake" ????

Is the "mistake" of the professionals (?) going to be paid for by the loss of jobs in the ranks of the underpaid/understaffed, non-management positions? Or, will it be paid for by curtailing land purchases and parks, etc. Now the question would be, which of the above would have the least effect on a family? I think any "Professional" would know the answer to that. Property-Parks-Soccer Fields-Ships, PUT THEM ON HOLD.

I have an idea

He said "Shell says the way the county plans to put together a team of people to figure out where they can reduce spending." They can fire him and free up some cash that way. Only in government can you be totally incompetent and still have a job.

Team of People

How about NOT putting together a team of overpriced consultants to figure anything out...Do the job we pay you to do!!!! That will save us money

Planned for it

Look at the books closely, follow the "story" that the county is putting out. Funny how it didn't have anything to do with last years taxes, they didn't get enough? The county is trying to be like the city of Wilmington, 'growth at any cost.'

Mistake

If this was a professional mistake then I'm a monkey's uncle. It sounds like the type of mistake that would be made if someone had no idea of what they were doing. It makes you wonder how many other covered up professional mistakes have been made.

Someone was...

asleep at the wheel. I just watched Bobby Greer say "We're human, and we all make mistakes." Mistake?! Given the top-heavy structure of our County Government, one would think many "pairs of eyes" would have reviewed the budget and supporting documents and noticed that properties were included in the tax base when they shouldn't have been. So who's left "holding the bag" in this case? We are...the taxpayers. Bobby Greer, you should be ashamed to make such minimal light of this serious issue. But then again, our Sheriff comes crying for more men/women...and out comes the checkbook.

Good Ole Bobby

When with this county retire the good ole boys? What a joke they all are.....

$7,000,000 Mistake?

Shell said, "We are professionals at work, this was nothing but a professional mistake and we will do the best we can to correct it." Only in government can you make a seven million dollar mistake and still have a job. Professionals, yeah right. Professional politicians.

bruce shell game

Bruce Shell, this is the guy that screwed up the sale of the county jail. remember he messed up his math in the bidding process. Gene Merritt was going to buy it but instead it was given away to the church. brilliant!

Actually not only in

Actually not only in Government but if you are a weatherman you can be wrong 80% of the time and still keep your job. Global warming is coming, global warming is coming, global warming is coming, global warming is coming---brought to you by........Weathermen.