Mayor: ‘18 city budget responsible one

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — Mayor John Stanforth told Wilmington City Council Thursday night that the proposed 2018 city budget is responsible, conservative, and protects safety services.

Although budget discussions began, the first reading of it won’t be held until the Nov. 16 council meeting.

“My budget does more than what I promise,” Stanforth said. “It bolsters safety services. It continues to improve our streets and our infrastructure. It maintains our carryover to the recommended level.”

He stated that the general fund budget was $10.2 million with projected revenue of $10.5 million.

He asked that his budget be supported as it will give city employees the compensation they deserve and the taxpayers’ money will be wisely spent.

Among the topics discussed regarding budget were employee bonuses as well as ensuring the Water Committee can fulfill all the city’s needs for next year.

For more on the meeting, read Saturday’s News Journal and online at

By John Hamilton

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