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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commission Chair Ted Davis gave the State of the County Address Monday. He talked about the strides the county has made and some of the issues it faces.

Davis said that the biggest issue facing the county in the new year is the budget, adding that he wants to avoid a tax increase for the next two years.

“I asked our county manager to look at a two-year plan,” Davis said. “Not a one-year plan, but a two-year plan that would start off with a revenue neutral tax rate this coming fiscal year, which is 2012-2013 and no additional tax rate on top of that.”

Property revaluations last year resulted in value drops across the county, especially at the beach. With those drops, Davis says he still wants to avoid a tax increase, which is music to the ears of leaders of those beach communities.

“The county is in good shape. They’re trying to do good things for the folks, and they’re going to be frugal with their tax dollars, and that’s the most important thing to all of us,” Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth said.

Although the budget highlighted the speech, Davis pointed out plenty of progressions as well. An increase of the fund balance and momentum in the economy were some of those headlines.

“Quite a bit happened in New Hanover County in 2011,” New Hanover County Emergency Services Director Warren Lee said. “We certainly have a lot of challenges ahead of us in 2012, but I think we can all be proud of the accomplishments that we in the county have made.”


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