Today, all we hear is what the city will purchase and build. We elect our mayor and commissioners considering who will or will not work on what is good for us and our city. Now our board shows us that they are spending our tax money on bringing in tourists.
Holy cow! With lakes, rivers and beaches, and campgrounds all over North Carolina, who is going to throw their camping gear and kayaks on their cars to flood into Havelock to sleep in our motels and eat in our restaurants and shop at our Walmart? The sorts of families that camp out do not do that kind of thing.
First of all, we are too close to the outer shores where they have something to offer them. Second, campers prepare their own food at camp and do not include shopping in camping trips.
We already have to pay city taxes because the railroad station was put on property, and now because the historical society went broke, belongs to the city, and now the city plans to move it again. I ask what will be cheaper, doing it the way it was done in the last move or putting a base under with wheels so we can move it every few years? The Trader Store and railroad station belong where they are and always have been.
Sure, the city gets a grant for places the city plans today, but that is to purchase and build, but not for the cost of maintaining for the future.
The city lost the control of the recreation center and its needs when it got so large and outsiders starting using it, and we the taxpayers who live here or have left the town and moved out but canít sell our Havelock homes are stuck with the expense paid by city taxes. Years ago, Iím told by people who live at MacDonald Downs, the city was offered a large area in the middle for plan and sports, but the city declined because the city did not have the money or workers to maintain it. High school grads hurry and leave town.
Now, the paper prints the news that the city plans to build another ballpark on the west side of the city, and that again is not what we need. Yes, we need something for the people who live there and have nothing for the children or the grownups, but the mayor is wrong when he repeats his favorite statement, good children play ball.
Some good ones are handicapped or have other medical reasons why they canít play ball or they simply have other outdoor interests. Let the ballplayers go to highway 101 and try offering something for all ages for a change.
We pay city taxes for our own city expenses, not for the use of tourists. We need a board that can plan ahead when they spend. First, clean up our streets and ditches. Consider all ages when you purchase and build. Our growing amount of taxes is meant to be for those who pay them, so think ahead.
Inga DeRoche, Havelock