Havelock debates joining county economic group

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 03:27 PM.

“For a penny from Havelock is significantly different than a penny from New Bern,” Bottorff said, comparing the difference in size and tax base between the two cities.

Liner came right out and said that he didn’t trust Craven County.

“There is a lack-of-trust factor that has to go away,” Andrews responded.

Commissioners did say the benefit of the organization would be that the city would not have to pay for its own economic developers.

“There’s cuts that could be made and it could be Davenport (Lawrence) and the lobbyist,” said Commissioner Jim Stuart. “Just for two or three years to see how things go.”

“I think economic development is a huge piece for this area and we’re going to have to have something to bring jobs and to bring businesses to Havelock,” Commissioner Brenda Wilson said.

Liner wasn’t convinced.

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