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LaNasa served; Board to certify tax vote next week

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The board was supposed to meet this Friday, but it had to wait until Justin LaNasa could be served with a state order dismissing his challenge of the vote. Full story...
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Board of Elections waiting to certify sales tax hike vote

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The New Hanover County Board of Elections has cancelled its July 9 meeting to certify the May 4 vote to raise the sales tax a quarter of a cent. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: DA to check out commissioners' e-mails

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We spoke with District Attorney Ben David today. He didn't want to comment on camera, but he said he will look into the claims. That's not to say the commissioners did anything wrong, but David says there is a law that county employees cannot use a public server for political use. Full story...
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LaNasa plans to continue tax vote challenge

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LaNasa says he has evidence county commissioners committed voter fraud. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: LaNasa's tax referendum challenge denied

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Former New Hanover County Commission candidate Justin LaNasa's challenge to the county's sales tax referendum is over. LaNasa filed the challenge after voters approved the tax hike during the May 4 primary. Full story...
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New Hanover Commission approves budget, tax hikes

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New Hanover County residents will soon be paying more taxes. In a 3-2 vote, Commissioners approved their annual budget this morning that included a 1.3-cent property tax increase. Full story...
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Wilmington leaders continue budget discussion

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video Mayor Bill Saffo says if the city continues making cuts, it's going to start cutting into the bone, which is public safety. City council member Laura Padgett suggested approving the increase and revisiting the budget in six months instead of 12. Full story...
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Budget battle continues in Oak Island

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video Dozens of Oak Island residents showed up to a special budget workshop today. Many of them hoped to get their frustrations out on how the town has been spending their money. Full story...
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Voters may not have gotten tax message loud and clear

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video County Commission Chair Jason Thompson said on the record he favored sales tax as the way to get revenues, because if you don't want to pay, you don't have to buy. But in separate interviews, he also he also told us a property tax would be necessary to balance the budget. We talked to UNCW psychology professor Andy Jackson to find out why people heard one message, but not the other. Full story...
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Oak Island mayor thinks tax hike plan out of line

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videoOak Island, just like many towns and cities, is trying to balance its budget. One idea proposed by town council is a 2.5-cent property tax increase, but this proposal doesn't fly with the mayor. Full story...
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Wilmington residents face potential of three tax hikes

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As voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase in New Hanover County and the County Commission likely to approve a penny property tax increase, last night Wilmington City Council discussed raising its property tax to help close a budget gap. Full story...
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Sales tax hike won't stop property tax increase

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video Even with the sales tax increase, the county is looking at about a $6 million shortfall. Part of the problem is paying for the bonds voters passed a few years ago. Full story...
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Homebuyers racing clock for tax credit

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video The race against the clock is almost over for homebuyers trying to find the perfect house, at the perfect price. Today is the last day for the first time homebuyer tax credit, which saves buyers as much as eight thousand dollars. Full story...
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Two cents on the sales tax increase

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A quarter-cent sales tax increase on Tuesday's ballot could cut New Hanover County's budget deficit by $5 million. The tax increase was a hot topic at New Hanover County's town hall meeting Wednesday night. Full story...
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New Hanover County Board of Education favors proposed sales tax increase

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In an Interim Meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Education passed a resolution in favor of the one quarter cent sales tax increase currently proposed by the New Hanover County government. Full story...
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