New Hanover County Commissioners denied a request from Kure Beach for an advancement of nearly half a million dollars for beach nourishment.
Kure Beach is currently slated for beach work in 2017, with full financial assistance from the state and county government.
As a matter of convenience, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently requested that Kure Beach ask New Hanover County for a $475,000 advancement to pay for work on Kure Beach this year, while they are in the area working on neighboring Carolina Beach.
County Commissioners quickly shot down that request, meaning Kure Beach will have to wait three more years before they receive financial help.
Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth said he was irritated by the board's decision and feels it is unfair to the citizens of beach communities.
"These beaches belong to the state, to the county, to the people," Lambeth said. "The burden shouldn't fall completely on the people who already pay a premium to live here."
Lambeth suggested that county leaders increase property taxes by a third of a cent to pay for future projects.
Commissioner Jonathon Barfield countered that proposal with one of his own. Barfield asked Lambeth to consider a one percent increase in room occupancy taxes.
In 2017 Kure Beach will receive financial assistance for beach nourishment projects.
After that, beach towns will have to pay 17.5% of the cost for future projects if there is no added support from the state or federal government.
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