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Republican County Commissioner Chooses Increased Spending Again

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Result is an Unnecessary Tax Increase


(Wilmington, NC) The Republicans of New Hanover County are very discouraged that a majority of the county commissioners have voted to commit to a budget for next year that requires a 3.6% tax increase. This amounts to an additional $6 million dollars in taxes to be shouldered by the property owners of the county. Commissioner Beth Dawson once again sided with Democratic Commissioners Rob Zapple and Jonathan Barfield, this time passing a tax increase as well as adding yet another half amillion dollar new, redundant welfare program to the budget. We commend Republican Commissioners Woody White and Skip Watkins for proposing a fiscally conservative alternative budget that would have cut spending and kept taxes flat while both maintaining our top credit rating and healthy emergency cash reserves.

County Republicans are asking why Commissioner Dawson supported an unnecessary tax increase when she publicly committed to not raise taxes both during her election campaign and again only recently to a fellow commissioner. As the new tax bills are mailed out, many more people will be asking this same question.

New Hanover Republican Party
Michael Franklin, Chairman

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Voter ID Law – Public Comment Invited on Rules

Posted on May 5, 2015

Communication to Interested Parties from the NC Board of Elections:

“In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Voter Information Verification Act

(S.L. 2013-381), which requires photo identification for in-person voting starting in 2016. The law mandates that the State Board of Elections adopt Rules to administer these new laws. The State Board of Elections proposes the attached Rules and invites comment from interested parties.

Written comments may be submitted until Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Comments can be e-mailed to or mailed to P.O. Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255 to the attention of Rule-making Coordinator George McCue.”

Public comments can be made in person in New Hanover County on and at:

New Hanover County Human Resources Department, Conference Room 401
230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135, Wilmington, NC
Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, click the link

A copy of the currently written rules can be obtained from NHC GOP Vice Chair, Densay Sengsoulavong at

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News Article: NHC Travel Policy

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

The Wilmington Star News recently published an article regarding an update on the NHC Travel Policy. You can read it here.



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Annual Precinct Meeting and County Convention

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

The New Hanover County Republican Party will hold its County Convention and Precinct Meeting on March 14, 2015, in the New Hanover County Court House located at 316 Princess St. room 317.  Registration begins at 9:00AM and ends at 9:45 AM.  To be eligible to participate in the Convention a person must have been registered Republican in New Hanover County on or before January 31, 2015. There will be a $15.00 processing fee for all delegates and alternate delegates wishing to participate in the County, District or State Conventions.

The Purpose of the Convention is as follows:

  • Elect Delegates to the County, District and State Convention
  • Elect County Party officers
  • Approve The County Plan of Organization

Any Agenda Items and or resolutions must be submitted to the county chair in writing no later than 5:00PM March 4, 2015. To submit an item or resolution please email

A resolution must be accompanied with a minimum of 150 copies to be distributed to delegates during the convention.

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