Editorial: Havelock budget not off to a good start

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

Also, with the lack of home construction combined with foreclosures, the city has not seen residential or commercial growth to add to the tax base. Basically, the amount of money the city is taking in from taxes, business permits, and water and sewer hookups is not increasing to match the expenses of city business.

Still, we hate the idea of city residents having to pay more.

And it’s not just in property taxes. The city is also proposing an increase in trash service from the current $13.95 per month to $16.77. That amounts to nearly $34 per year.

Add to that proposed increases in certain permit fees, and residents will be paying out more money next year to the city.

Residents are already facing enough issues, as the economy continues to struggle and many face the likelihood of work furloughs from Cherry Point, meaning less money in their paychecks.

And now this budget proposes to take more money from them. It’s just one more thing added to the financial woes many residents are enduring.

We hope city staff and commissioners will work on this proposed budget to eliminate the tax increase. If it is approved, we might flag the board and city staff for piling on, but residents will be the ones who will end up penalized. 

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