Posted by Debra Worley - email
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Fire Department could see an estimated $200,000 revenue loss if the Monkey Junction annexation passes.
The department is funded through property taxes, and properties in the Monkey Junction area are a significant part of their funding.
The annexation would add a new budget challenge for county fire officials who are already seeing cutbacks.
But, despite budget troubles, officials say they will work with the city to maintain service expectations.
"Although I'm cautious about the impacts of revenue that we'll be losing on the fire district, I'm optimistic we've got a stronger working relationship and we can continue to provide excellent service in that area between the city and the county," said Fire Chief Donnie Hall.
The city and county fire departments will develop a plan to provide "automatic aid" to Monkey Junction and other areas, so that service is quick and not redundant.
With their current budget crunch, the county manager has recommended a 1.5 cent increase to the tax rate.
The recommended budget is scheduled to be presented by the county manager to the Board of County Commissioners during a meeting May 18.