Board passes plan that includes tax cut

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

“It’s a heartache to me for this budget to go forward,” Sampson said.

Chairman Scott Dacey of District 4 said the county tried to treat all the libraries equally and that good, used computers were made available from the corporate community. They were accepted by some and not by others.

As for the congregate meals programs being discontinued in Havelock and Harlowe, Dacey said, “It is not the job of the taxpayers to pay” for meals to help seniors socialize. “We shouldn’t be paying for social gatherings of any type. That’s where the line has got to be drawn.”

Special appropriations added and approved by commissioners include: $7,500 for Structured Day Reporting; $20,000 for Promise Place; $25,000 for MERCI Clinic; $3,418 for a Senior Companion grant match; $25,000 for Coastal Women’s Shelter; $10,000 for Religious Community Services; and $5,000 for the Red Cross.

Commissioners reasoned that these private, nonprofit programs provide services that would otherwise have to be borne by taxpayers in some way.



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