Brunswick Co. authorizes use of funds for providing information on water

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County commissioners have authorized using additional funds to help disseminate public information regarding GenX and other chemical contamination in the Cape Fear River.

At a meeting on Monday afternoon, the county's Board of Commissioners agreed to appropriate $15,000 to an existing agreement with S&A Cherokee Consulting, a marketing and communications agency.

The original agreement was for $25,000, $20,000 of which has already been spent. Brunswick County officials want to set aside the $15,000 should they need it to help provide the public with information on GenX and other unregulated compounds found in the river.

Also at Monday's meeting, county commissioners discussed removing parts of the county from House Bill 398, a bill co-sponsored by Brunswick County Representatives Deb Butler and Frank Iler.

HB398 would allow the county and municipalities to levy a half-cent tax on prepared meals. Commissioners plan to ask lawmakers to remove unincorporated areas of the county from that bill, which has been stuck in a House committee since May.

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