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.
READ CITY BUDGET HERE.