Board passes plan that includes tax cut

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 08:37 AM.

The issue had emerged as the most controversial item in this year’s budgeting process. The meals programs were discontinued at those two centers at the recommendation of Craven County Aging Planning Board, which had federal and state funding for the program cut.

The Aging Planning Board requested data from the county’s four senior centers operating congregate meal programs and determined the total received could be used most effectively at two centers. Those qualifying for meals under new criteria can be transported to New Bern if other arrangements are not made.

Havelock city officials argued that the cuts should have been spread out over the entire county rather than having the entire program cut in the eastern part of the county.

Commissioners Lee K. Allen of District 6, which includes most of Havelock, and Johnnie Sampson of District 3, which includes most of New Bern, both had some qualms about parts of the budget, but voted to adopt it.

“There are a few things I do not agree with,” Allen said.

Sampson said: “The county manager and staff did an outstanding job, but in this budget, I see less fortunate citizens will really be suffering in the upcoming year. We need to give assistance to taxpayers, but this leaves others out that really need help.”

He mentioned job cuts in the Department of Social Services that he said would slow down claims processing for those needing assistance.

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