Proposed fee increases concern recreation leagues

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 05:32 PM.

Wells cited the need for sports to help with childhood obesity.

“I think that anything you can do to keep children active and into sports would be a great benefit for the children and the community,” she said.

Mayor Will Lewis said the county provides virtually no funding to the city for the recreation department and that about 35 percent of children participating in Havelock leagues don’t live in the city. With all the money for the recreation department coming from taxes, it means city residents are paying part of the bill for non-city residents to participate in the leagues.

About $1 million of the city’s proposed $17.3 million budget goes to the recreation department.

“The point is that our board is having a hard time seeing past our city limits on things like recreation,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the issue would be discussed again during a budget workshop at 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall.

No comments were heard on the city’s plan to raise property taxes two cents from 46.5 cents to 48.5 cents per $100 in valuation. The increase equals about $27 to the annual tax bill for the average Havelock home valued at $134,830.

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