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Budgetary first reading passes muster in Carolina Shores

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CAROLINA SHORES—The Carolina Shores town board of commissioners has approved first reading of the town’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

The vote for the projected $1,080,467 budget came at the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9.

Town commissioners will work on any budgetary refinements at their next monthly workshop June 3, followed by final adoption at their monthly meeting June 6.

The preliminary $1.2 million budget holds property taxes at the current rate of $0.1016 per $100 property valuation, despite an anticipated shortfall of nearly $100,000 in sweepstakes revenues since a state Supreme Court court decision shut down the businesses in January.

Other town priorities are continued emphasis on customer service, promotion of a town-wide “one community” perspective, expansion of recycling and infrastructure improvements including roadways, the stormwater system and public areas.

Last week’s preliminary board approval of the proposed budget is an indication “we’re headed toward adoption,” town administrator Mike Hargett said.

 

POA agreement

Hargett said the town is also moving closer toward an agreement with the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association regarding mowing services at gates and medians.

“It appears we’re in agreement on virtually all items,” Hargett said, adding the POA had not yet submitted a copy of the agreement to its attorney.

“It appears the POA board is prepared to approve the agreement or at least prepare it for review by the POA attorney,” he said.

 

Recycling

The board also heard from former town commissioner Gere Dale, who provided an update on his role as town representative on the Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Committee.

Dale expressed concern about low participation in the county’s recent hazardous-materials collection effort. He suggested it would be more effective if the town collected such materials in advance, then transported them to the county.

He also cited estimations that 30 to 35 percent of people in the town are actively recycling. Dale said in “old Carolina Shores, the percentage was somewhere closer to 98 percent.

“If we get to the point where 98 percent of the town is recycling, we would be not only the best in Brunswick County, but perhaps the best in all of North Carolina,” Dale said.

He suggested the town “positively pursue” efforts toward finding out who is not recycling and finding alternatives.

 

Thanks from fire department

Jennings Edge, chairman of the Calabash Fire Department board, thanked the town board for allocating $30,000 to the fire department in its upcoming budget. The town has also budgeted $2,500 to Calabash Emergency Medical Services.

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.