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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, October 28, 1993, Page PAGE 10-A, Image 10

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Constitutional Amendment $ 740 Million In Bonds On Ballot In statewide questions on the Nov. 2 ballot voters will be asked to decide separately on five issues totalling $740 million in general obligation bonds and to decide on a state constitutional amendment which would let lo cal governments undertake economic development bond financing without holding referendums. Here is a brief synopsis of the issues in the order they will appear on the ballot. ? FOR or AGAINST a Constitutional Amend ment to enact general laws permitting issuance of bonds without a referendum to finance public pro jects associated with private industrial and commer cial economic development projects, with the bonds to be secured in whole or in part by the additional revenues from taxes levied on the incremental value of the property in the territorial area. Proponents of the amendment, chief among them the N.C. League of Municipalities, say economic develop ment financing would be another tool ItKal governments could use to recruit new industries or expand existing ones. "This type of bond would be an appropriate Way to fi nance improvements directly related to a particular pro ject." a league pamphlet stales. "The local government would use tax revenues from a new or expanded busi ness to pay for infrastructure improvements that particu lar industry needs. The entire community would benefit from the new jobs created." The league savs "this financing method would require less lime lhan a referendum, which might require up to a year's time to hold. Finally, when the debt is paid off, all of the increased tax revenues go to the municipality's general fund." Opponents, like N.C. Taxpayers United and United We Stand America, say the amendment would permit taxation without representation. NCTU says citizens should maintain their control on approving local bond packages. It also says local gov ernment officials might abuse their new authority. "The General Assembly has refused to allow the peo ple to vote on constitutional amendments for the veto, term limits, or to require voter approval of tax increases, measures that would limit the power of government over politicians." said NCTU Advisory Board Member Art Pope of Raleigh. "Now the General Assembly puts a constitutional amendment on the ballot to increase the power of government by allowing local governments to increase their debt by issuing bonds without the ap proval of voters." The Bonds l^ess controversial are the $740 million in bonds that proponents, like N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight. say address a backlog of vital statewide needs while interest rates are at their lowest in 15 years and the state's debt burden is at a 10-year low. Basnight also says the bond will stimulate the state's economy, solidify the state's AAA bond rating and lead to a better allocation of tax dollars. "By having future users of capital projects share in the financing costs, needed projects can tie completed far sooner than would he the case if sufficiently current revenues had to he accumulated," he said. The proposals include: ? $310 million in bonds for IJNC System improve ments. Each of the 16 campuses would have its top cap ital improvements priority addressed by the bonds. In addition, there is funding for Area Health Education Centers across the state, facility improvements for pub lic television, and a facility for the N.C. of Science and Mathematics. Another SI 2 million would be available for "other critical needs" to be identified by the UNC Board of Governors Backers of this bond say there has been little money available for capital construction and that the projects are needed to keep up with enrollment growth and to compete technologically with other institutions. ? $250 million in community college bonds. Each community college would receive funds, including S4 million for an allied health building at Brunswick Community College. (See story, Page 1-A.) "The community colleges have experienced rapid en rollment growth as citizens throughout the state turn back to local colleges for new skills and retraining," a N.C. General Assembly press kit states. "The communi ty colleges are a key link to North Carolina's economic future by (raining a workforce capable to compete in world markets." ? $145 million in bonds whose proceeds will be used for grants, loans and revolving loans to local government units for water supply systems, waste water collection systems, wastewater treatment works and water conservation projects. The state will set aside SKH) million to loan to local governments for water and sewer capital projects ? pass through. one-time loans at the state's lower interest rate. The local governments' loan payments will pay off the state bonds. The remaining $45 million will go into the state's Clean Water Revolving Loan and Grant Fund for lower interest loans and grants to the neediest towns or coun ties. After initial loans are repaid to the revolving fund, the money will be loaned out again. ? $35 million in state parks bonds for repairs, ren ovations, new construction and land acquisition and new and existing state parks. Land acquisition is limit ed to 30 percent of the amount of the bonds issues. North Carolina currently ranks 49th of the 50 states in per capita spending on its state parks. "From Mount Mitchell to Carolina Beach, our state has natural parks as varied and beautiful as any in the nation," says Dan Besse, chair of the State Parks Bond Referendum Committee. "Unfortunately, our parks are badly threat ened by the decay ? or even absence ? of adequate facil ities for public use of the parks." OIB Candidates Say Orderly Growth Is Campaign Priority Controlled growth ;ind under ground utilities are priorities for candidates at Ocean Isle Beach, where Mayor Betty Williamson is unopposed in seeking another term. Incumbents Terry Barbee and Mayor Pro Tern Bill Benton face a challenge by Planing Board Member Ken Proctor for two seats on the board of commissioners. Barbee did not respond to the Beacon questionnaire. Williamson Betty S. Williamson has been mayor since 1987. and was a town commis sioner from 1980 to 1987. She is self employed in the real estate busi ness. A graduate of Whiteville High School. WILLIAMSON she attended Southeastern Community College. Williamson serves on the boards of Camp United Methodist Church, the Brunswick Island Board of Real tors. United Carolina Bank, the Museum of Coastal Carolina, the Ocean Isle Property Owners Assoc iation and the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel. "I would like for Ocean Isle Beach to have controlled growth in order to preserve our island and con tinue properly appreciation." she said. "I will work toward keeping our tax rate as low as possible and still provide our necessary services. Through proper planning and zon ing. our property values will be maintained and our beautiful beach will keep the low-key family-orient ed atmosphere we try so hard to pre serve." She lists as key issues continuing the underground utilities and side walk-building projects and estab lishing a long-term erosion control plan. Benton Benton has served as commis sioner from 1980-83, 1986-89 and 1990 to the present. He is general manager of Lockwood Golf Links. He attended N.C. State University and Kings Business College and has a degree in accounting. A past president of the South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce, he serves on the board missioner. and Hv during this time our present wa- m ter system, sew- BENTON er system, cable television, side walks and other projects maintaining a low tax rate," he said. "I want to be involved with orderly growth." Benton lists as priority issues re ducing the sewer rate, continuing to have a fine police department, speeding up underground wiring and maintaining the canals and inlet. "1 enjoy making myself available to the people of Ocean Isle." he said. Proctor Ken Proctor, a first-time office seeker. is manager for Carbide Alloys Inc. He holds degrees from N.C. State Uni versity and the m \ University of M South Alabama ?"*> ??? in engineering \ . >- and metallurgy and has served Before mov / ing to Ocean PROCTOR |s|e Beach sev en years ago. Proctor served on the Western Piedmont Council of Gov ernments, Alexander County Plan ning Council and Alexander County Challenge Commission. He currently is on the board of di rectors of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association. He was appointed to the Ocean Isle Beach Planning Board in 1992. "As I have met and talked to many residents since making my de cision to run, the paramount concern has been the unknown growth of our town," Proctor said. "Growth must and will come, but it must also be orderly." His priorities include holding the current tax rate and continuing town services and getting more residents involved in the municipal govern ment process. Say 'I Saw It (n The Beacon* We Salute Don's Plumbing ' In Calabash We're proud to have provided paving services for your parking lot. mm Helping Brunswick County Grow! Grading And Paving Contractor 754-7177 Asphalt Plant-2 miles north of Shallotte on Hwy. 17 staff photo by eric cahison Guys And Gulls Whether you dress in feathers or flannel, fall fishing is a favorite pastime on the South Brunswick Islands. These anglers enjoyed a quiet sunrise together on Holden Beach last week. Voter Stats Reflect Changing Brunswick County BY SUSAN USHER A voter in Brunswick County next Tuesday is more likely than ever before to he a white female Re publican, based on the latest Bruns wick County Board of Elections vot er registration data. When registration books closed this month, the number of people el igible to vote in Brunswick County had increased by 1,060 over the past 18 months to 30.981, a gain of 2.8 percent. According to Lynda Britt, super visor of elections, the largest single source of new registrations are new comers to the county who are regis tering to vote when they obtain their new driver's licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles. That concurs with findings of the 1990 census, in which 28.6 percent of county residents indicated they had lived outside the county in 1985. Democrats still outnumber Re publicans in the county 1.6 to 1, but the margin is growing slimmer. In October 1988 the county had 18.046 Democrats, compared to 17,691 in United Way Campaign Nears Home Stretch In Brunswick; $7,000 Raised More than halfway Ihrough Cape Fear United Way's 1993 campaign, it's still too early to assess how the effort is going in Brunswick County as pledges begin coming in. "Overall, we're getting into the home stretch," said Brad Bruestle, the UCB executive in charge of the countywide local business campaign out to raise $50,000 in pledges and contributions. "Efforts are still at a high level." "We're getting a pretty good re sponse from our people, but it could be a little better." Bruestle 's area teams are making a special effort this year to involve businesses that have not participated before in the campaign, in addition to regulars. The local business campaign thus far has brought $7,000 in contribu tions and pledges, or about 14 per cent of goal, according to Michael Griggs, executive director of the three-county agency. That doesn't include major busi nesses and industries such as Exide, CP&L, DuPont, Atlantic Telephone Membership, Brunswick County Government, Brunswick County Schools, Victaulic, The Brunswick Hospital, Dosher Memorial Hos pital, and others with employee campaigns in progress. It also does not include the individual solicita tions handled through mailings from Griggs' office. United Way raises money to sup port health and human service agen cies in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, including those involved in scouting, literacy, sup porting victims of domestic vio lence, serving senior citizens, the handicapped, children, the homeless and others. April 1992 and 17,041 in Octobcr 1993. Republican registrations are mov ing steadily upward, from 9,267 in October 1988 to 10,783 in April 1992 to 11,041 in October 1992. Also showing gains are Liberta rians, 12 strong now, and unaffiliat ed voters, 2,170 compared to 1,033 in 1988. Brunswick County now has 14,528 men registered as voters and 16,453 women. That's the equiva lent of 113 female voters for every 100 male voters. While the overall number of reg istered voters continues to increase in the county, black voters continue to lose ground. In April 1992, 4,697 were regis tered to vote. Now only 4,525 are registered ? 1 black voter for every 5.8 white voters. Holden Beach Voters ELECT IDwight Carroll All Sunset Beach Voters are invited to Meet The Candidates for Mayor and Town Council Thursday ; Oct 28 at 7 p.m. at Seaside Methodist Church on Hivy. 904 Sponsored by the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association Thank you for the opportunity to provide Wellborn Cabinets and services for your award winning homes. Bruce Sova, DBA: South Brunswick Craftsman CongratuCations to. . . CONSTRUCTION. INC. Custom Built Homes... Building For The Future L.GC * 9921 1604 HERRING LANE ? 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