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1 5-Cent Tax Cut
BY DOUG HOTTER
Shall o<te's tax rate will be slashed by approximately
15 cents if town officials end up approving the 1994-95
budget proposal that was discussed Tuesday night
Based on cuts that have been made during a series of
workshop meetings in the past month, aldermen are con
sidering a tax rate of 32.2 cents per $100 of property.
The town board plans to adopt the $1.38 million bud
get during a special session next Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
The budget includes a $715,526 general fund, $499,380
water and sewer fund and $167,000 sewer expansion
The proposed tax rate of 32.2 cents would represent a
31-percent decrease in this year's rate of 47 cents.
However, Shallotte won't be hurting far tax money
thanks to a 46-percent increase in the tax base following
the recent revaluation in Brunswick County. The tax
base has jumped from $73 million to nearly $107 mil
Alderman Carson Durham said Tuesday the increase
in tax base and decrease in tax rate will basically allow
the town to break even as far as tax revenues are con
Shallotte would collect about $327,000 in taxes using
a 32.2-cent rate, with the owner of a $100,000 home
paying S3 22.
"It's actually a slight decrease from last year taking
into account the new valuation," Durham said of the tax
rale. "This board has been real diligent on working on
Durham pointed out that more than S 100,000 was cut
from the original budget proposal that was presented
May 11. It was balanced using a tax rate, of 40 cents.
"1 appreciate all the effort you put into it, all of you,"
Mayor Sarah Tripp told the board Tuesday
The proposed budget features an 11.8-percent in
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is needed to offset an anticipated rate increase by the
If the town budget passes as is, Shallotte water and
sewer customers who now pay a minimum of $19.02 per
month will start paying $21.27 per month effective July 1.
Also, customers with more than 6,000 gallons of wa
ter and sewer usage per month would pay $6.09 for cach
additional 1,000 gallons instead of the current rate of
In an effort to lure more industry and jobs to
Shallnne, aldermen are considering doing away with a
$2,500 acreage fee that all industries must pay to receive
water and sewer service.
Alderman Bill Allen has been spearheading the effort
to waive the acreage fees, which are kept in a special
fund to help pay for water and sewer expansion projects.
"To me it's more of a moral approach than even a dol
lar approach," Allen said Tuesday. "We've got an oppor
tunity to put jobs in here that aren't here for people."
Durham said he agreed, but he doesn't want to waive
the fees for warehouses and distribution centers. He said
the fees should be only waived for manufacturing opera
tions that create a lot of jobs.
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back to the board at its July 5 meeting, said Tuesday that
the town must charge all industries the same fee.
"You've got to have it the same for everybody,"
Lewis said. "It's gotta be across the board. You can't say
we're going to charge Mr. A and we're not going to
charge Mr. B."
Aldermen recessed Tuesday night's meeting until
Thursday at 6:30 a.m., at which time they will travel to
Raleigh for a meeting with state officials.
Town board members will meet with transportation
officials at 11 a.m. to discuss problems being caused by
the delay in constructing of an overpass where the U.S.
17 bypass intersects N.C. 130.
On Thursday afternoon, aldermen will meet with en
vironmental management officials to discuss financing
for the planned sewer system expansion. Aldermen hope
to receive a low-interest loan from the State Revolving
In other business Tuesday, aldermen:
? Voted to hire two new police officers, Keith Smith
and Travis Snead. Police Chief Rodney Gause and
Alderman Roney Cheers interviewed the men and rec
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? Set a public hearing for Tuesday, July 5, at 7:2 5
p.m. on the zoning of Buddy Miltiken's Pender Street
property that was recently annexed. The area is present
ly zoned R-15 and RA-1S. The planning board has rec
ommended all of the land be zoned R-10.
? Took no action following a seven-minute executive
session. The town attorney requested the closed session.
? Canceled a July 5 public hearing on the proposed
201 facilities plan for Shallotte's sewer system expan
sion. The hearing will be re-schedulcd for a later date.
? Amended the 1993-94 budget by transferring S850
from contingency to public buildings to cover excess
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Teenagers Anna Shirkey and Adam Yount, speaking at a press con
ference in Bolivia last week, display the results of an underage cig
arette buying survey recently conducted in Brunswick County.
Fourteen high school and middle school students ranging in age
from 13 to 17 visited 100 stores, where they attempted to purchase
cigarettes. Despite a state law prohibiting sales to minors, the stu
dents were able to buy cigarettes at 58 stores, usually with no ques
tions asked. In the second phase of a state-sponsored m. Tobacco
Free Youth Project," a community-wide education program will at
tempt to inform local merchants about the law. The students plan
to make another round of attempted cigarette purchases later this
Butler, Crocker Will Join
SCC Trustee Board In July
Two new members will take seats
on the Brunswick Community Col
lege Board of Trustees next month,
while a current member has been
reappointed for a third term.
Joining the board will be Kim
Butler of Shallotte, appointed by the
Brunswick County Board of Com
missioners; and Dennis Crocker of
Ocean Isle, appointed by Gov. Jim
Butler succeeds Eugene Hewett
of Supply, who first appointed as a
trustee in 1981. Crocker succeeds
Jamie Milliken of Shallotte, who
was appointed to the board by then
Gov. Jim Martin in 1990.
The Brunswick County Board of
Education reappointed its chairman.
Donna Baxter of Boiling Spring
Lakes, to a third term as trustee.
Butler, a Shallotte native, has a
bachelor of arts degree in psycholo
gy from N.C Central University and
has been employed by ADM or its
predecessor, Pfizer Chemicals, 17
yean in the warehouse and shipping
Crocker, a senior vice president
and senior banking executive with
NationsBank, has been in banking
since 1969. He joined NationsBank
in 1978 and transferred to its
Shailotte market in 1961. Crocker
graduated from The University of
Virginia in 1967 with a bachelor of
arts in business administration.
Baxter is a project administrator
with EC Corporation in Southport
and is also serving her third term as
chairman of the county school
board She serves as finance com
mittee chairman on the BCC Board
of Trustees. Baxter is a former may
or pro-tem of Boiling Spring Lakes
and a past chairman of the Boiling
Spring Lakes Property Owners
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Brunswick Narcotics Squad Arrests
26; Seizes Piants, LSD, Mushrooms
BY ERIC CARLSON
The Brunswick County Sheriff's
Department's ongoing marijuana
eradication program netted 67 plants
and three felony arrests last week as
narcotics ofjktii continue to receive
tips from concerned citizens about
illegal drug activities.
"If they keep calling, we'll keep
checking out the reports," said
Detective Lt. David Crocker, head
of the BCSD narcotics squad.
Also last week, the unit arrested
five men on charges of possessing
psychedelic drugs at an interdiction
traffic stop set up on U.S. 17 near
Leland. Ten others were charged
with misdemeanor drug violations
and seven cited for traffic violations
with assistance from the N.C.
In an investigation headed by
Detective Doug Todd, the squad ar
rested Robert Anthony Nichols, 31,
of Southport on a charge of manu
facturing marijuana after officers ex
ecuted a search warrant and found
28 plants growing at his home on
Nichols Avenue Thursday, Crocker
Detectives seized the marijuana
along with a fence used to contain
the illegal garden, Crocker said.
Nichols was released on $5,000
Also Thursday, narcotics officers
found and destroyed a plot of 20
marijuana plants growing in the
Green Swamp near Southport,
Crocker said. No arrests were made.
On Monday, a couple living in the
Hickman's Crossroads area was ar
rested on one count each of manu
facturing marijuana after a single
plant was found growing behind
their home on Hickman Road.
Eugene Penneli Jr., 30, and Mary
Ann Perms!!, 32, were rc!ea?*d on
bonds of $3,000 and $1,000 respec
Among those picked up on felony
charges during Friday's iuau mu|r
were Stanley Collin Smith, 23,
Harold Uoyd Bradley III, 23, and
Todd Henderson Cheshire. 25, all of
Each was charged with one count
each of possession with the intent to
distribute lysergic acid diethylamide
(LSD) after thee paper-soaked doses
of the hallucinogen were found in
their vehicle, Crocker said.
Eight marijuana cigarettes and
smoking pipes were found in the car.
Crocker said the three men, all em
ployees of Micky Ratz bar in
Wilmington, also were charged with
misdemeanor possession of marijua
na and possession of drug parapher
Bradley and Cheshire were re
leased from jail on payment of a
52,500 bona. Smith was freed on a
$1,000 bond. The 1994 Mitsubishi
Gallant in which they were travel
ling was seized hy the sheriff's de
Also arrested during the highway
interdiction stop was David Marcus
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who was charged with possession of
six psychedelic mushrooms and a
dose of LSD, Crocker said. His
1985 Pontiac was seized.
Lang spent the night in Bruns
wick County Jail and was released
after his parents posted a $5,000
bond, Crocker said.
Although seizures of illegal
mushrooms are rare in Brunswick
County, LSD is "beginning to make
a comeback" in the area, Crocker
said. He urged any citizens who
have information about illegal drug
activities to call the sheriff's depart
ment narcotics squad at (910) 253
Plan Has No Shortage
Of Local Construction
Southwestern Brunswick County
can expect no let-up in road con
struction when four-laning of U.S.
17 to the South Carolina state line
ends this summer, as transportation
planners strive to keep pace with
area growth projections.
A planned interchange at White
ville Road and the U.S. 17 bypass
south of West Brunswick High
School, widening of roads serving
the Calabash-Sunset Beach-Grisset
town area, H olden Beach Road and
N.C. 130 from U.S. 17 to the
Columbus County line are among
the projects included in the state's
draft Transportation Improvement
Plan for fiscal years 1995 through
Construction of the interchange is
expected to begin late in the 199S
federal fiscal year and to take two
years to complete.
A replacement for the two-lane,
pontoon-style Sunset Beach Bridge
is in the plan only for planning and
envnuamcaia! Stedttt, w>tu con
struction to begin sometime after
federal fiscal year 2001.
At least eight of the scheduled
projects will be constructed by divi
sion ucwi widening of riokicn
Beach Road (N.C 130 east) is ex
pected to begin in federal fiscal year
1996, while widening of N.C 130
west to a width of 24 feet, with 2
fcet paved shoulders is slated to be
gin later that same budget year.
Still on schedule to begin in fed
eral fiscal year 1995 is widening by
DOT of N.C 179 from the South
Carolina state line to Clariday Road
(S R. 1164) north of Calabash to a
three-lane roadway with curb and
Additional work on N.C 179 will
be completed in two phases, starting
in federal fiscal year 199S, and in
cludes improving the highway from
Clariday Road to Main Street in
Shallotte, widening it to three lanes
from N.C. 904 at Seaside to Ocean
Isle Beach Road (S.R. 1184) and the
area inside Shallotte.
Also starting in fiscal year 1995,
N.C. 904 will be widened to three
lanes from north of N.C. 179 to
Georgetown Road (S.R. 1163) and
from Georgetown Road to U.S. 17
the roadway would be widen to 24
feet with paved shoulders.
Georgetown Road would be extend
ed from N.C. 904 to Ocean Isle
New to the TIP are plans for an
other project that will improve ac
cess to the coastal area. The state
plans to upgrc.de to a 24-foot width
N.C 904 from U.S. 17 at Gris
settown to Longwood Road (S.R.
1321) north of Longwood and Long
wood Road from N.C 904 to White
ville Road. Division crews are slated
to begin the work in federal fiscal
DOT also plans to continue its
upgrading of N.C 133. widening the
roadway to 24 feel from Orton Road
(S R. 1530) and Daws Creek Road
(S R. 1518) to 24 feet, starting in
federal fiscal year 1997.
Construction of the Wilmington
bypass connecting i-40 and U.5. 17
is proposed to be built in two phas
es, with construction ?o begin on the
1-40 to U.S. 421 segment in federal
fiscal year 1998.
A second 180- foot ferry, similar
to the Gov. Daniel Russell is budget
ed for construction in federal fiscal
year 1995, along with replacement
of cluster piles at the Sooth port
dockage. Automatic warning de
vices would be installed at the CSX
railroad crossiog at Lincoln Road
(S.R. 1455) in Leland that same
The TIP calls for construction of
a second bridge to Oak Island, from
N.C 211 to Middieton Avenue, to
begin in federal fiscal year 1997 ?
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