That's the question behind a slew of bills in the General Assembly to extend the power of counties to tax real estate. The majority would allow specific counties to levy real estate transfer taxes, but several would provide the option of impact fees, billed to developers instead of individual property owners.
Wilmington, NC – In honor of the American Institute of Architects 150th anniversary, Wilmington is getting a 12.5 mile long birthday present. AIA chapters around the country are celebrating the big year by designing public projects for their communities and here in Wilmington, that has local architects on the move.
When members of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects put their thinking caps on, those caps turned out to be bike helmets.
Wilmington, NC – District Attorney Ben David says criminal charges will not be filed against Wilmington Police officers involved in the April 5th shooting death of Phillipe McIver.
The State Bureau of Investigation says just before the shooting, McIver was fighting with several young men and witnesses described him as acting strange. He then made his way to Princess Place Drive where police found him.
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington's biggest enemy as it tries to recruit professional employees may be an online calculator.
Cost-of-living tools at websites like CNNMoney.com and Salary.com make it easy for potential job applicants to calculate how far Port City salaries go compared to their current towns. And often that's not very far, according to the city's Human Resources Director Al McKenzie.
Wilmington, NC – When Wilmington's point person on poverty talks about the city's working poor, she's not just thinking about McDonald's fry cooks. It's a term that's becoming more and more applicable to rookie cops and first-year firefighters.
Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County says it will conduct the next property revaluation four years from now.
State law requires property revaluations at least every eight years. And the last New Hanover County tax revaluation happened in 1999 - eight years ago. But New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell says the next revaluation will come around in 2011.
We've had a four year, for years, but due to hurricanes which upset the comparability of sales prices, we weren't able to implement that.
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington police report a calm weekend after last Thursday's shooting of a young man by an officer. Police spokesperson Lucy Crockett says there were intermittent vigils throughout the weekend at the site where Phillipe Elon McIver, 23, died, but the scene remained peaceful.
McIver's shooting near the Tidewater Townhomes on Princess Place Drive, igniting strong tensions in the neighborhood.