Candidates give opinions on future of Havelock at forum

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Candidates for Havelock city offices, from left, Jim Stuart, Will Lewis, George Corbin, Peter Van Vliet, Matthew Jones, Jimmy Sanders and Brenda Wilson, attend Monday’s candidates forum at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center. The two-hour event allowed the candidates to give their opinions on the future of Havelock.

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Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 16:38 PM.

Havelock candidates for mayor and city commissioner gave their opinions on business and the future of Havelock during a forum Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

There was little disagreement among them on many of the questions asked by moderator Susan Braaten.

For example, all agreed they were relatively satisfied with the tax rate of 46.5 cents per $100 in property value based on the amount of services the city provides, and all wanted to see new businesses in Havelock.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Jimmy Sanders is being challenged by Will Lewis, a commissioner who is giving up that seat in his bid for mayor.

Lewis said he was known for looking at both sides of an issue and being able to wisely settle differences. He said new approaches were needed to solve problems, such as the amount of funding Craven County provides the city.

Sanders pointed to his 40 years of service to the city and the progress that has been made since he has been a board member and mayor, saying he would like to continue the work that is in progress.

One of those is construction of a new city hall building, and one question dealt with whether the $1.7 million loan to build it was a good use of taxpayer money. Sanders and Lewis agreed that it was, pointing to the poor condition of the current 70-year-old structure.



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