County commissioner-elect Charles Warren to tackle taxes, housing, roads

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Republican Charles Warren upset incumbent May Moore in last week’s General Election to clinch the District 3 seat by about 4,200 votes.

Warren, CEO of Warren’s Case Management Services in Wilmington, lives in Oak Island.

Warren’s previous political experience includes serving as the Oak Island 2 precinct chairman and serving as the at-large member for the District 7 Executive Committee.

“I decided to run based on citizens coming to me and asking me to run based on the tax situation,” Warren said this week.

Since the 2006 countywide property revaluation, in which many Brunswick County residents saw their property values soar, Warren says the market has dropped, but the tax rate remains the same.

“A lot of people are concerned about taxes. The county commissioners have the authority to reduce the taxes on the people,” he said.

Warren said county departments can “tighten their belts to try and reduce taxes and to try to reduce some of the expenses.”

Affordable housing is another issue Warren says he is ready to tackle as a county commissioner.

“One thing is the housing situation for the low- and medium-income people. I want to try and see if we can get a housing authority director to see if we can get public housing for citizens on a fixed income,” he said.

Warren supports commissioners and county staff pursuing grant funding for public housing.

“If you get the right housing authority director, that can happen,” he explained.

On the topic of roads, Warren says the county should not get into the road building and funding business, but he advocates working with state legislators to pressure the ailing N.C. Department of Transportation.

“I would basically work with the state legislators to provide more funding for the DOT so that we can correct his problem we have with roads,” he said.

Warren was opposed to the land transfer tax, which Brunswick County voters opposed by referendum in the 2007 election.

Warren supports small, medium and large businesses in the county as long as they don’t harm the environment.

“We have to look out for the environment.”

One industry Warren says he is interested in pursuing is thriving across the river in Wilmington—the film industry.