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Commissioners criticize plan to "gut" film incentives program

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County Commissioners plan to let state leaders know they don't want to see changes to the film incentives program.

As we first reported, a bill filed in the state house Thursday would make changes to the program. Read all the details about the proposal by clicking here.

Critics say those changes would "gut" the incentives program and "kill jobs."

Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) and Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) sponsored the bill and are fighting claims that this would decimate the business.

However, members of their own party are criticizing the proposal.

Commissioner Beth Dawson, who is also a republican, said she is disappointed that members of the area's local delegation support this.

Commissioners will vote at their meeting next week on a resolution in support of the film industry.

They were planning on passing the resolution in response to recent talk at the state level about tax reform, but talk about making changes to incentives makes it even more pressing.

Dawson said 800 to 1,000 people in New Hanover County are employed by the film industry and they want to send a message to state leaders that the industry is vitally important to the county.

She also said the industry has a huge impact on locally-owned businesses.

Supporters of the tax incentive program are planning a rally at 1:45 on Saturday, April 20, at Riverfront Park.

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