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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 20, 1985, Image 1

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HOfiG & E*C SPRINGPORT r i B I Volume 23, Number 3: Count BY SUSAN USHER Three developers from the county's fast-growing south end told Brunswick County commissioners Thursday night that increasing the property tax rate would "put a damper" on growth. The developers were among 15 speakers at a county budget hearing attended by 40 to 50 people. Most of the speakers favored trimming the tax rate, but severai defended their request for a share of the proposed $22.6 million budget. Ocean Isle Beach developer Odell Williamson said it must be a joke, that commissioners were "just kidding" or testing public reaction when they proposed increasing the tax rate from 59.5 cents to 63.5 cents for each $100 worth of property. "The people of this county are against any tax increase. I can tell you that right now," said Williamson, who pays more property taxes than any other individual in the county. Hut when he polled the audience of 40 to 50 people, only about naif of those present raised their liands in agreement, prompting Williamson to add,"'I would assume you have a lot of county employees here." About 10 of those present were county employees. After the hearing, Chairman Chris Chappell said it was "hard to say" how much, if any of iiie iax increase would be cut from the proposed budget. Of the five-member board, only Chairman Chris Chappell said he had received "numerous" calls about the proposed tax increase. He postulated that might be because growth Is so s - ... Former D To Make < l!Y SUSAN USHER A former Brunswick County social services director filed suit Friday seeking reinstatement to the job with uiicK pay una oenetus. The suit, filed in Brunswick Count) Superior Court by James Orrock ol Greenwood Acres, names the Brunswick County Roard of Socia Services and its members, anc Brunswick County. The county is named-and tht commissioners involved?because the county would have to provide the funds for the back pay. benefits and Supply Mai Suspect Be BY TER A 33-year-old Supply r day evening at his home, County Sheriff's Departm* case. Mark Tolliver, 33. of R Road), was pronounced de by Brunswick County Assi The Brunswick Count) ed a call around 7:30 p.m. the Tolliver residence, sail prepared news release. "We have a suspect in tioned at this time," Dav "No charges have been fil The Coastline Volunte< the scene, but Tolliver wa ed, said Sheriff's Detective "The cause, weapons i at this time," Walton said waiting for the SBI crime scene. Until they arrive, w pened." The suspect was take residence, Walton said. T< Brunswick Hospital in Sup Rescue Squad for further The State Bureau of I was called in Tuesday i hhoor.i'-?. SBI agents w the crime scene at daybn Sheriff's Detective David JOK bindery 1.2/31/39 II 49? 84 I lb l/lll 2 Shallotte, Nc Ql yAske r V'4 PV J DEVEIXJPERS Paul Dennis, Ma Williamson and Harry Rickenbai planatiou during last Thursday's I visible in his area, the southernm< tip of the county. "It's hard to explain that grow also causes our problems" by : creasing the demand for services, said, as well as contributing to t tax base. In past *enr.i tiir pi vpubcu uuu{ taken to public hearing has been product of the county managi which was then adjusted by comm sioners. But Thursday's budget w developed by the five commissione and staff during numerous long wo sessions. SS Head A: County Rel" attorney's fees. County Manager E I ly Carter told commissioners M day night. County Attorney Da' i Clegg was to discuss the suit w commissioners at a 7:30 p.m. bo< meeting called Thursday to disci t water system policies. ! Orrock was fired Nov. 30, 1983, 1 alleged "conduct unbecoming I public officer." He was hired by department May 26,1981. Orrock says in his complaint tl : he was fired "without just cause i ! without being made aware of I reasons for his termination." t Killed; ing Held RY POPE nan was shot and killed Tuesaecording to the Brunswick :nt, which has a suspect in the oute 2, Supply (Stone Chimney ad at the scene of the shooting stant Coroner Larry Andrews, r Sheriffs Department receivthat someone had been shot at d Sheriff John Carr Davis in a custody and he is being quests stated late Tuesday night, ed at this time." er Rescue Squad was called to s dead when authorities arrive Lindsey Walton, and names cannot be released following the shooting. "We're investigators to arrive at the e can not determine what haj> n into custody at the Tolliver liliver's body was taken to the ply by the Coastline Volunteer examination. nvestigation crime scene unit light to help investigate the to begin their investigation of ;ak Wednesday morning, said Crocker. UNSW )rth Carolina, Thursday, Ju EJECTIONS RAISE id To li m- % r' V % son Anderson, Odcll county's new b cker listen to an ex- by the state, ludget hearing of the ?t Commissioner Herman Love sai he had received more calls about th th proposed building permit fees tha in- the budget. he "The only feedback I've got on th he budget is about parks and recreatioi the extra money there," he added. -* Mnt uh^uf half of IhAco crv>?kln >*- * * * . > a Thursday night objected to a tax ir ;r, crease, if for different reasons, is- Sunset Beach attorney an as developer Mason Anderson said thr irs $1-5 million increase in the county rk tax base during the past year shoul be sufficient to provide the addition. ?ks Court lire Him ill- said the board did not allow a hearir on- for him to defend the charges that 1 vid had sexually harassed an employe ith Donna Hinson Rivenbark of Suns ird Harbor. He says his rights wei oss violated both under the Fifth Amen ment to the U.S. Constitution ar for under state law. a In April, the State Personnel Cor the mission has upheld the opinion hearing officer Barbara Coward th hat Orrock should be rehired, ind Ms. Coward had heard testimoi the in the case in an August 24-29 hearir He in Brunswick County. During th hearing Ms. Rivenbark testified th Orrock had "stared and leered" her and made suggestive remarks. Ms. Coward recommended in 0 tober that Orrock be rehired, recei ing net back pay and accrued sii leave and vacation leave, and th the board pay his attorney's fees. SI said the social services departme had failed to show that Orrock hi sexually harassed Ms. Rivenbark. The Commission's recommend tion is not binding on the social s< vices baord. Citing its disagreeme with the recommendation, the boa has refused to rehire Orrock. 1 stead, last month it directed boa attorney Mary Easley to discuss settlement with Or rock's attorne William Fairley. The settlement w to include a bar against furth litigation against the social seme board. In his suit, Orrock said he has "t hausted all administrati' remedies," thereby establishing t record necessary for the matter to heard in Superior Court The suit asks the court to order t social services board to reinsta him, with back pay and accru leave, and to direct the county to pi vide the funds for this, plus to p reasonable attorney's fees and ott costs. Another former social servic employee, Alinda Meares. also h gone to court in an effort to get ba her job. She has asked the court order the county to reinstatement 1 with back pay and benefits provid under a settlement she reached h year with the social services boat Among other things, the county ci tends the social services board < not have the authority to negotn that settlement ICK#! ne 20, 1985 ;D TO TAX 1NCRE ve With . ' " ^0^ ' 1 ^ milding inspections program, mandated d money the county needs to operate ie and provide essential services during n next year. "We cannot justify this increase in ie rate by on the basis of inflation," he i, said. A favorable tax rate and fiscal a resnonsibility. he added, liave helped > draw new people and new businesses to the county, adding new jobs, d Asking commissioners to study the it budget again, Anderson appealed, s "Don't let's put a damper on this Id growth we're receiving." a! While supporting a "desperately fink Si ^ ^gB xi iJ ^ 2 g&f ^ at * ' -?*? be /> Crownec Ill sd Kelly Nichole While of Shallotte, Fourth of July, is flanked by secom a" Rountree on her left and first i ?r- I nt E County Pre I Effort Said es BY SUSAN USHER ac- Reappraisals of county property ve are 95 percent complete, revaluation he project manager Brent Weisner told be Brunswick County commissioners Monday night, he rive local listers have completed ite visits to property in Sunset Beach, ed Ocean Isle Beach. Calabash and the ro- first three rows of Long Beach, ay They're expected to complete ier Holden Beach this week and move into the area behind the beach, he add es ed- Listers are also working in as I-eland, Carolina Shores and the area ck north Ocean Isle Beachto In late July Weisner's staff will ier complete a schedule of values for the led beard's consideration. The goal of ist the schedule is to have uniform rd. values for like properties. jo- "We're putting it off as king as lid passible because there are so many ite sales this tune of year," Weisner said. "I want to see as many sales as REACC 25c Per Copy ASE i in Its A/ needed" county water system, he B criticized delays in completing its distribution system and the proposed i; allocation of $880,000 from the c general fund to the water fund t (primarily general obligation bond t revenues). f He said he couldn't propose cuts 4 unc-uy-iiiie, oui suggested uie parks s and recreation budget "can be trim- I med substantially". Developer Harry Rickenbacker c urged commissioners also to "think s about the budget and live within our i means." { The former school board member questioned the size of expenditures 1 for animal control and parks and i recreation and suggested that cducn- t tional funding be "redirected toward ; scholastics" and away from ex- s tracurricular activities. i Schools Seek More Superintendent of Schools Gene 1 Yarbrough disagreed with those who < argued lower taxes were the key to < attracting growth. I "I don't think low taxes can say it i all in attracting someone to the coun- I ty," he said, adding that amenities 1 such as the school system's educa- I tional standing also count heavily. ! Even after substantial trimming, t he added, the school board is about I $100,000 short of the general operating budget proposed by the < county. He ana Board of Education Chair- ! man James Korstner also asked commissioners to reconsider their re- i quest for a long-term capital construction plan, with funds to rebuild I Union and Lincoln primary schools i and add a third huildinit tn Smith W2*W > ' > I Little Miss N.C. Fourth Little Miss N.C. 1-aFaye Nance on 1 runner-up Renee pageant pictures ai unner-up Andrea >perty Reval To Be On Sc possible before I stick my neck out." So far, he said, appraisals have been consistent with sales analyses. Property valuations will be based on the schedule of values adopted by the commissioners. Tax notices are to go out sometime in October under the schedule agreed upon by W.P. Ferris 4 Co. and the county. Chairman Chris Chappell said Weisner has talked with several local groups about revaluation and is available to talk to others. Eisht-five nercent af the infnrma lion about the county's 70,000 parcels of land has been coded and 70 percent of the land data entries completed. Weisner said 40 percent of all improvements had been reviewed, while 30 percent of the file information has been verified with the field information. FEMA Reimbursements County commissioners also accepted 170,913 in reimbursements y IN TM 26 Pages | leans' runswick High School. While the schools will get approxmately $1 million for equipment pur:hases and small construction jobs, . IIC ainuuill Ul Hie tuuill) a eul ill IUUion to the schools' capital reserve und has not been set, but will include 0 percent of the county's half-cent ales tax revenues, as required by aw. Reworking one school during the toming year would deplete the lystem's reserves, Yarbroug'n said, inless additional monies are ap>ropriated. "I hate taxes as much as you do," rorstner said, but added that money s necessary to provide good schoolng. The county will pay the price of in under-financed educational ;ystem, he said, through its jails and velfare services. Sheriff John Carr Davis defended lis department's request for 10 more uuployees, citing an increase in :ounty population of 14,000 and comilaints about response time and inability to reach the department by :elephone. The department lias two ess employees than in 1979, when here was a reduction in force, he laid. So far Davis' request is intact, hough changes may be made before I he budget is adopted. "I'm not asking for any more than ?e need," he said. Residents J.M. Caton of Bolivia, S.E. Meditn o: worm west ana KODcrt Sellers of Shaliotte also spoke aguinst my increase in the tax rate. While the county must plan to meet the infrastructure needs of its residents, Sellers cautioned against (See OBJECTIONS, Page 2-A) i STA#F C?0'0(? UJIAN UVKM i Of July her right. The story and more re on page 7-A of this issue. uation hedule from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for expenses incurred as a result of Hurricane Diana last .September. The money will be divided up as follows among departments: landfill, $44,332; sheriff, $5,621; building and grounds, $1,225; paries and recreation, $18,190; fire departments, $75; rescue squads, $244: health, $75; and water system, $556. Computer Project Approved a bid of $108,354 from Cott Index Co. for a computer system to be used by the Register of Deeds Office in conjunction with the clerk of court and tax offices None of three bids submitted met specifications. Instead of readvertising, Register at Deeds Kuuert Rubinson and Emory' Thigpen of Govern- i ment Consultants, negotiated with the low bidder for a package that included all specifications plus an addi(See COMPUTER, Page l-A) iV .. i

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