Defense cuts could impact area as city takes step toward growth

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 18:18 PM.

Meanwhile, the base and city are in talks about water service in Slocum Village. The city could sell 75,000 to 100,000 gallons of water per day, but a rate has not been set.

The uncertain big picture could impact city staffers and commissioners as they enter the 2013-14 budget process. The city balanced a budget without a tax increase in 2012 but could face declining revenue after the N.C. Supreme Court ruled last month that Internet cafés were illegal. Freeman said the closure of the businesses could cost Havelock an estimated $40,000 to $60,000 in fees and taxes. 

FERRY TOLLS

One of the fiercest debates of 2012 carries into 2013 with proposed tolls for the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry. The tolls — $4 for the typical passenger car and $1 for each additional passenger or pedestrian — had been set to go into effect in 2012. Gov. Beverly Perdue’s moratorium put a temporary stop on the fees, but she and her moratorium are on their way out in 2013, clearing the way for the possibility that the proposed fees could be implemented starting in July as new Gov. Pat McCrory and a new General Assembly go to work on a state budget.

CITY PROJECTS

Havelock commissioners and city staff are expecting to see new designs on a $1.8 million new city hall building project possibly by the end of the month.

"The board hasn’t seen all of them but from what we saw with staff looking at them, we thought it was an ugly building, what we saw," Freeman said. "We have some restrictions in terms of money, budget, but we think they could do a little bit better on designing that. So we just asked them to go back and put some more effort into it."



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