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The bodget has not been approved
by the DnpUn Coonty commissioner*
A Proposed 1984-85 Duplin
County school budget that could
require a property tax increase of
almost 18 cents per $100 will be
presented to the county commis
sioners this week.
The board of education last week
approved a budget calling for
$3,866,414 from all local funds, an
increase of $1,195,297 from the
$2,671,117 in current expense and
capital outlay funds received from all
county sources last year.
If such an increase is approved
and funded entirely from county
property tax money, it will require an
increase of about 18 cents per $100
One cent on the Duplin County
property tax rate, the main source of
local revenue for schools, adds about
$67,000 to the county coffers. In
contrast, one cent of property tax
levy adds $333,777 to New Hanover
County's treasury. Duplin has a
population of about 41,000 and New
Hanover's is about 103,000.
The Duplin schools' 1983-84 bud
get was cut $608,875 from the school
board's proposed $3,279,992.
Despite pleas of school offioials
and board members that the money
is needed to improve school facilities
and quality of education, the county
commissioners have emphasized
that the rural nature of the county
keeps the tax base at a much lower
level than in industrialized areas.
The commissioners have not disa
greed about the need for money to
improve the school system.
The current expense portion of the
proposed Duplin school budget,
$2,709,400 to be met from county
sources, would amount to the reve
nue from a tax levy of 40 cents per
$100 assessed valuation.
In addition to property tax money,
schools receive money from court
fines and forfeitures; specially
funded state and federal programs,
such as vocational agriculture and
home economics; miscellaneous re
ceipts; and whatever school fund
balances remain from the preceding
fiscal year. *
Superintendent L.S. Guy said the
proposed budeet would provide the
monev necessary to keep Duplin
schools abreast of state and national
He told the board members before
the vote: "If you can't defend this
budget, I wish you'd turn it down to
night. I'm sincere in this, too."
The budget provides S200.000 in
salaries and fringe benefits for 14
new positions, including a part-time
principal-teacher, a junior Reserve
Officers Training Corps post at East
Duplin High School, nine teacher
aides, a teacher for exceptional
children, an attendance counselor
and a guidance counselor. That
amount would also add two paid
weeks to the contracts of nine
' It includes $206,886 for pay. in
creases, based on the estimated
state increase of IS percent. If the
state increase is less, the county in
crease would be dropped accord
It includes $635,550 in capita] out
lay items, an increase of $411,550
from 1983-84. The commissioners
cut the capita] outlay request out of
the 1983-84 school budget. A total of
$225,000 from interest was applied
to capital outlay.
The Community Fire Department
will sponsor a benefit dinner on
Saturday, April, 21 beginning at 11
a.m. and lasting until the food rodB
out. It will be at the Fire Department
Barbecued pork and fried chicken
iflQbe $3.50 l.jpri:. The proceeds
so to beWwlls Fountain with
medical Bills Tor his wife, who n*?
Storm Victims Have
Until June To Seek Aid
Victims of the March 28 tornadoes
can apply for disaster aid through
May 31. The disaster assistance
centers have closed and applications
for help mjust be made at the offices
of federal agencies.
The major source of information
on assistance is the toll-free number
1-800.682.2675. It can be called
between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. week
Flyers will also be distributed in
communities hit by the tornadoes,
according to Russ Edmonston,
spokesman for the N.C. Division of
Property owners can use the
toll-free .number to report housing
for rent. Of the 2,083 people who
visited the relief centers, 1,170
needed temporary housing. That is
more than the number of rental
rooms and homes available in the
More than 100 furnished, govern
ment-owned mobile homes have
been brought into the state, but as
many as 600 may be needed, accord
ing to Mike Polny, temporary hous
ing director for the Federal Emer
gency Management Agency.
Polny said the first families could
be moving into mobile homes in a
few days, but getting all the mobile
home sites prepared and approved
and people. moved in could take
Under the guidelines of federal
disaster aid, storm victims can live
rent-free in mobile homes for up to
one year, until they find permanent
The homes ar being delivered to
the Maxton-Launnburg Airport and
Seymour Johnson AFB near Golds
boro. When they are no longer
needed, the mobile homes will be
returned to storage in Atlanta.
People who have applied for
federal aid are being visited by
officials from assistance agencies,
Edmonston said. He said officials
carry identification cards and tor- ?
nado victims visited at home should
ask to see the cards.
FEMA also has offices to assist
disaster victims. In Duplin County,
victims can apply for FEMA grants
at an office on Seminary Street in
Kenansville. The mailing address if
P.O. Box 439, Kenansville 28349.
The telephone number is 296-1457.
The American Red Cross is serv-'
ing Duplin and Wayne counties from
its office at 300 S. Williams St.,
Goldsboro; telephone 735-7201.
Duplin County farmers can get
help at the Agricultural Stabilization
and Control Service on Seminary
Street in Kenansville; telephone,
1 he Commission on Aging in
Duplin County can be telephoned at
The mailing address for the Com
munity Action agency serving Duplin
is Region "P" Human Development
Agency, Inc.; 222 Georgetown Road,
P.O. Drawer 7%, Jacksonville 28541
or phone 347-2151.
Duplin County's Farmers Home
Administration mailing address is
Box 338, Kenansville 28349 or phone
Counseling can be obtained by
contacting the Duplin-Sampson
Mental Health Program, Duplin
General Hospital, Kenansville
28349; telephone 296-1851.
The Salvation Army office serving
Duplin County is at 2110 N. Queen
St., Kinston; telephone, 527-2084.
For help from Social Security,
contact the Duplin-Wayne county
office at 134 N. John St., Box 2047,
The Economic Security Commis
sion for Duplin can be phoned at
The Veterans Administration can
be phoned at 1-800-642-0841.
Duplin's Veterans Service office,
Whitley Office To Visit Duplin
Congressman Charlie Whitley's
Third District mobile office will visit
Duplin County on Thursday, April
19. William McPhail, field repre
sentative, will be manning the office
and available to persons having
matters that they wish brought to the
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Wallace, 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m..
Post Office; Kcnansville, 11 until
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