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Wilmington Adopts New Fiscal Year Budget

Vince Winkel
Wilmington City Council meets Tuesday, June 18.

There are no tax hikes in Wilmington’s new budget. Tuesday night the city council unanimously approved the 2019 – 2020 budget, for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.  Members of the council wish they could do more.

The $200.6 million budget includes more money for affordable housing, by launching the Wilmington/New Hanover County Workforce Housing Advisory Committee. There is also more funding for programs focused on at-risk youth.

“There's a great many things in the budget I wish could be included, but this is a very tight budget.”

City Council member Paul Lawler.

“We had a number of nonprofits that wanted additional funds that had very good cases, but the money just wasn't there this year.”

Overall Lawler says it’s a good budget.

It kicks in July 1st.