Commissioners, mayor plan to work to eliminate it

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 05:41 PM.

"Well, my initial reaction is that I don’t like a tax increase. None of us do," he said. "We don’t want to see a tax increase, but we do understand the realities of the budget and as we work on it more, we’re going to see what we can do about it.

"I think the entire board is going to be very focused on making sure we do not have a two-cent tax increase, but the reality of not having that tax increase is going to mean service cuts, and so we’re going to have to work hard to find a balance between service cuts and a tax increase. I’ll be clear that none of us wants a tax increase. It’s just going to come down to what we can cut that makes the most sense and if we can balance that and not have the tax increase."

Commissioner Jim Stuart said the budget process was early on, and he believed a tax increase would not be necessary, even if it meant taking money out of the city’s reserve fund to balance the budget.

"The revenues coming in are less than the expenditures going out for services, and whenever that happens, it’s just like balancing a checkbook for the house," he said. "There’s just not enough to go around. It is really tight. I just think that the recession has finally trickled down to where Havelock is now feeling the effect of it."

Commissioner Karen Lewis said she did not want a tax increase.

"We’re going to do everything possible to further cut the budget in order to not increase the taxes on our citizens," she said. "So as we go forward in the next few days, our intent is to find out where the cuts need to be made."

Commissioners have scheduled budget work sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Havelock City Hall. Those meetings are open to the public, but there is no scheduled time for public comment. Residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the budget during a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 10 at Havelock City Hall.

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