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Oodles of ideas have been kicked
around during four hours worth of
budget workshops in the past week,
but Shallotte officials haven't made
any decisions yet on die spending
plan they must approve before July
Aldermen met for two hours
Tuesday and two hours last
Ww<Bwil?y In Hnnnf tfo $1 S mil
iios budget jMUfMWki for Hacoi yen
A decrease in the current town tax
rare of 47 cents per Si GO of property
seems likely, although board mem
bers have not agreed on an exact fig
Town Clerk Mary Etta Hewett
balanced the proposed budget using
a tax rate of 40 cents.
The tax rate cut is possible be
cause Shallotte 's tax base jumped
from $73 million ?q nearly $!07 mil
lion as a result of the recent property
revaluation in Brunswick County.
White the town tax rate may be
heading down, water and sewer
rates for Shallotte s 600 customers
mav be on the rise.
Town officials have proposed an
increase of IS cents per 1,000 gal
lons of water to offset an anticipated
increase uuui Bniuwidi CsssTy.
Sewer fees will go up 25 cents per
1,000 gallons to help meet opera
If the rate hikes are approved, the
basic moothiy rate tor water wiii
jump from S10.02 to S10.47 and the
current flat rate for sewer will in
crease from $9 to $9.75.
The police department's proposed
budget of $311,707 aanjnis fur 37
l<uwui ot me *0^,030 genera:
Police Chief Rodney Gause has
in|wawu 5-p?Cciri muh; iuueara
for officers as well as a new position
for a full-time secretary to answer
phones, dispatch calls and help with
paperwork during the day.
The proposed police budget also
includes 528,100 for two new patrol
cars. In the past, the town has pur
chased used Highway Patrol cars.
Other major genera! faed expens
es include $177,620 for streets,
$137,798 for administration and ap
proximately $50,000 each for the in
spections and fire departments. TWo
new positions have been requested
IU public miiM.
The proposed budget includes
$18,000 in ABC store revenue ? a
source of income that has declined
Brunswick County opened an ABC
store on Hokfcn Beach Road.
That is nowhere near when it
was years ago," Alderman Roney
Chens uid of the ABC fund*.
"Holden Beach knocked us in the
head completely," added board
member David Cause.
Shallotte expects to receive
S! .300 nest fees! yesr fcr providing
J55 jnraj mnyafftfa* itltitf
The board voted last week to send
letters to Brunswick County Clerk
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District Court Judoe Jerry Jolly re
questing that magistrate Cheryl
Hughes be assigned full-time to the
"If we're going to reserve a space
for her the county should leave her
down here," Mayor Sarah Tripp
said. "I think we ought to put a little
nessure on the county to keep her
here. There ain't no sense in having
an office here if the county is going
to put her in Timbuktu."
Some board members said last
week they would like to increase a
proposed $2,000 donation to the
South Brunswick islands Qumber
Chamber President Joe Stanley
tcccatfy tsiksd to tfcs t=^r= bcssd
?boot helping with devel
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opmcm enons ma tnc possiouity of
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Cheers uid Ihe r^,wi^*r focused
too much attention aa real estate and
the beaches in the past "I want
tetowB of* Stallone.- he^cram8
think you're *?* io see .
Tripp sssL *1 would
like to tee our monies increased to
them because Joe is really fighting
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uau wmftiug iu joniuuc.
Tbwn officials also said they want
to include several thousand dollars
in the budget for the relocation of
Sunnyside School to a permanent
site behind the chamber building
A copy of the proposed budget
can be reviewed at town hall. A pub
lic hearing has been scheduled for
Tbesday. June 21. at 7:20 p.m.
At Tuesday afternoon's work
shop, things heated up momentarily
when board members asked Fire
Chief Tim Carter to explain a pro
poaed $2^00 expense for depart
Carter took exception to the ques
m? beta do mi like the towlldB^
"I out mv volunteer time into it
Y'all cut tt> $3,000 laat year for a
computer If our time is not impor
tant you need to find somebody ebe
to run the fire department," Carter
said. ~tf you're going iouiiiw bad
get, cut it somewhere else."
"nfe'jE But tjiiciuuuiuM VOU pCT
sonally," Mayor Tripp said. "We
have to account to the taxpayers."
"ii'a like this,"" Caiici muu.
"There's some people involved in
this fire department who do not like
"No person other than you in the
fire department knows who I am,"
Alderman Bill Allen said.
Tripp said the town board gives
the fire depai Uncut money if special
equipment is requested and if the
town can afford it
"It's not that we aa a board are
cutting you off from anything. If the
money's not there we can't fund it,"
Carter said the $2^00 was needed
for a drop ceiling in the office
"I bet you all volunteer fire de
ssstssssSs is C?X2S5y wesid likg
to have this financial' help right
here," Aidssss Csress Dsrisss
said of the 530,50* proposed bws
Allen offered to meet with the fire
diwnw any problems. "I don't want
an unhappy fire department m our
town," be said.
"This is the first I've heard of
people in the fire department being
unhappy with the town board,"
Alderman Morris Hall said.
That's because it has never come
out," Carter replied.
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Property Taxes Up Substantially Next Year
BY SUSAN USHER
A series of "what-if* scenarios
could help push the 1994-95 opera
tions budget for the town of Sunset
Beach over SI. IS million and have
property owners paying 40 percent
more in ad valorem taxes than this
The proposed budget is based on
keeping the tax rate at 16.7 cents per
$100 valuation of real property, even
though property values in the town
increased by 51J5 percent ?!ter the
Brunswick County revaluation. Last
year the valuation was almost
$217.3 million and it's now almost
S329.2 million ? a difference of
uciiiy $111.9 iuluiuu.
Projected property tax revenues
of $531,574 represent 46 percent of
the revenue, with an estimated
$350,000 in accommodations tax
reytayf! accounting for another
The preliminary budget includes
$1.15 million for operations;
$615,556, water, and $40,000, sew
"we've got a wag way iuguuu
this budget," said Mayor Mason
Barber during a budget workshop
Tuesday. "Wt will Isave a budge! in
crease this year. I personally think
we should have an increase if that's
what it's going to take to do what
needs to be done."
Barber said tbe budget includes
more than $200,000 in line items the
town isn't certain it will need, plus
$76,000 for existing engineering
contracts related to the sewer sys
It sets aside $50,000 in case the
town has to begin work on a
stormwater management study;
$75,000 in Case an cuviroainentai
impact statement (EIS) is needed for
the sewer project; and $40,000 in a
new sewer budget for legal "techni
cal assistance" if needed in prepar
ing a stormwater study.
ilK iitnus auurcss tiic puwuiiiijl
of two lawsuits against the town by
either the Sunset Beach Taxpayers
Association and/or the owner of
The SBTA board has been autho
rized to investigate the possibility
only of filing suit if the town partici
pates in a sewer project that does not
include a stormwater management
The budget includes $50,000 for
legal fees in the event Bird Island
owner Janie P. Price sues the town
over its zoning of her property.
rncc ? agents t!uiu iuc ?*"***c
should allow denser development of
the island's uplands.
Looking at the budget Tuesday,
Couacilass Met Xlmfcrr ques
tioned the figures before him
"This ? tailing ac every Sunset
Beach resident will get a .40 percent
tax increase next year," he said. "We
need to try to bold as dose as possi
ble to the iua they hsve been pay
ing to Sunset beach.
Mayor pro tcra Ed Gore suggest
ed the town assess its needs and rev
enue sources, then set the tax rate at
wuaicvci Jcvci u ncuessary (O meet
Finance Officer Julia Thomas said
extra expenses are needed if the
town is to "upgrade itself."
"I think we deserve that," she
Other new or major items in the
proposed budget include $150,000
for the new town hall and another
$70,000 for furnishing it; $50,000 to
build two new walkways at die east
end of the island; $6^000 each for
mt-dMer dean up and repair and
public beach dean up; and' $6,000
for placing port-a-johns near the
gazebo beach access area should the
Brunswick County Health
Department issue a permit
The water department budget of
$615,556 includes $40,000 each to
paint the water tank and water line
repairs and_ maintenance. Even if
wholesale price for water, Ibwn
Administrator Linda Fluegel said
she doesn't anticipate Sunset Beach
needing to increase its water rate for
the next several years.
The overall budget reflects some
salary adjustments as well as the
equivalent of 5 percent of all em
ployees' salaries to use in granting
pay increases. Bond sentiment
'niesday was to set the sum aside for
bonuses and merit pay rather than
give an across-the-board increase.
They agreed with Fluegel that the
iausf "doaat gsre ssy hkhh??"
for workers to be productive.
At its next meeting the board will
also consider using some of the rev
enue left at the end of this fiscal year
to re-establish several capital reserve
funds the town once maintained to
save for new facilities, public access
and other long-term projects that re
quire money be set aside over a peri
od of years.
By ucpanmsni, r.^pc.r~in:~ pro
posed in the preliminary 1994-95
budget are as follows: police,
$236,045, including one new vehi
cle; governing body, 56,250; admin
istration, $124,168; finance,
$22,175; tax, $650; legal, $56,700;
public buildings. $12400: $26404.
Sunset Beach Volunteer Fire Depart
meat; $8,000, Calabash Emergency
Medical Services; $90^900, sanita
tion, including the poit-a-johns;
$7,380, planning and zoning;
$12,000, economic development
(contribution to South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce;
$2,000, conservation (beach renour
ishment and the shared-cost Twin
l Ax management Droiect^t
$15,204, mosquito control;
Also, $55,200, recreation for the
east end beach walkways and two
'tww ? ? he8t '** ** i? nifwt sal i rir
TWin Lakes; $170,000 toward oon
stroctioo and furnishing of the new
town hall; $84,925, drainage/envi
ronmental protection; $58,475 fcr
street and bulkhead repairs using
POwell Bill state gas tax revenues;
$50,100 noo-Fowell Bill, including
street lights, lot clearance and the
underground utility project.
If the town rtncidrs to take over
TOsntrssnrr of street lights in the
? rtrti areas of Sea Trail, ths : ".vil!
cost an additional $10,000.
At its second budget workshop
Wednesday, May 25, at 4 p.m. at the
town hall, council will look at the
budget in greater detail, dtacuariag
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