No tax increase proposed in 2016-17 Wilmington budget plan

No tax increase proposed in 2016-17 Wilmington budget plan

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - People who live in the City of Wilmington won't have to pay more for property taxes in the next fiscal year, if a proposed budget plan is approved by members of City Council.

Budget Director Laura Mortell presented the proposed $169 million budget plan to council Tuesday night. It represents a 17 percent increase over the current fiscal year budget.

The proposal includes a 2 percent pay increase for all city workers, and a market increase of 1 percent for eligible employees.

The proposal also includes funding for more than two dozen community non-profit agencies including Phoenix Hometown Hires, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club and the Blue Ribbon Commission.

There is also funding included to add three new police officers, and three crime analysts which will work at a new Real Time Crime Center.

Police officials say the center will allow patrol officers to respond to a call with "a greater awareness of the incident they are in route to by providing them with more timely information about the incident."

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 17, and council members will have a specific budget work session on May 27. The tentative schedule has city council taking its first vote on the budget on June 7, and officially adopting the plan two weeks later. The 2016-17 fiscal year begins July 1.

To see the presentation of the City of Wilmington proposed 2016-17 budget, click here.

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