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My Turn: Extra $1 participant fee for organized city runs and walks

I have a special place in my heart for non-profits.  That's why I'm disappointed by the recent decision of the Wilmington City Council to add an additional burden on non-profit organizations, by adding a $1 per-participant fee to the runs and walks that raise money for charity.

Let me be clear, these non-profits are already reimbursing the city for its hard costs like police, permitting and traffic control.  So this fee isn't based on the city trying to recoup those expenses. 

We looked, but could not find any city in the southeast, and certainly no place in North Carolina, where a city charges a non-profit organization based on how many participants they register. So why should Wilmington become the first?

How a city treats its non-profits says a lot about its character and heart.  And while I've not been in favor of governments donating taxpayer money to non-profits, I'm certainly not in favor of them looking to raise money on the backs of our small, local, non-profits that push every dollar they can back into the projects and programs that help improve our community.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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