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Commissioner candidate dislikes animal control proposal

“It seems to me that it is not an issue yet. It’s an idea three commissioners threw out at a workshop.”

Beth Ward
county commissioner

By Ginger Livingston

The Daily Reflector

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A proposal that Pitt County government take over all local animal control services is a bad idea and could have been avoided if commissioners had included municipalities in early discussions about the proposed expansion of the animal shelter, a board of commissioners candidate said.

The Board of Commissioners should stop the takeover discussion, said Kip Gaskins, who is challenging Commissioner Beth Ward for the District C seat. The board should bring municipal elected leaders into the discussion to find a solution that benefits everyone, Gaskins said.

“Our prosperity and our future is going to depend on us working together, building bridges, building relationships,” he said. “Going down the road we’re going, I don’t see it leading to building those bridges and relationships we are going to need in the future.”

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What's best for the animals in Pitt county? Could care less about Kip.


showed him to be manipulative, catering to certain money citizens to further his career. I question why he was not promoted in all the years with the Police Dept. He was hired by sheriff Elks with the rank of Lieutenant. We need to do our homework before we choose our next county commissioners. Words are cheap and we may be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. JUST SAYING

The right choice

As a City of Greenville resident, I feel Mr. Gaskins is on the right track. I have kept up with the behind the door manipulations (bullying) of Pitt County government to attempt to pressure other municipalities in paying for a new 3 or so million dollar animal shelter. I'm not for fundinng a mega castle animal shelter when we have other needs in this county that are far greater than this issue. Everytime citizens turn around there's a new tax or tax increase on unnecessary projects. We never got out of the last recession. Projections are we are looking at more tough times ahead. As a City resident I have been more than happy with our animal control service. The few times over the years I have used them, city animal officers were right at my house in a matter of minutes and provided highly professional service. Now, here comes a recommendation by county officials to take that away from city residents. No way! Mr. Gaskins is right when. he says why would city residents agree to paying higher taxes and be given less service. My vote will go to Mr. Gaskins. I am for any candidate that is willing to stand up for lowering taxes and being a good steward to our tax dollars. After all, it comes from the wallets and purses of hard working law abiding citizens.

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So you are going to vote for a man that works at the Sheriffs office for the sheriff and will vote for whatever the sheriff wants or he will not have a JOB anymore. The only why I would ever vote yes is if Kip would quit the Sheriffs office first. Talk about a conflict of interest.

Your comment is not on subject

Pittnc , your comment has nothing to do with the article presented in the Daily Reflector, Any candidate that takes the platform of lowering taxes, or questions why services from animal control that already do above and beyond Outstanding service to the Citizens of Greennville and asks why those services may be cut, I will vote for! . Plus, Commisioner Coulson saying City residents will simply have to get used to what the county will provide and went on records saying citizens of Greenville will have to get used to sub-standard service from County animals control is a kick in the butt to all hard working Greenville residents. I hope Beth Ward loses to Mr. Gaskins. I also hope when he is sitting in the commissioners seat, he looks at why County Manager Scott Elliott has been In his position so long? You know what they say? A new broom sweeps clean. It is clear to City residents, are not in favor of giving up professional service by paying higher taxes, when I go to the voting booth and exsersize my right to vote, I will remember the Commisioners in favor of raising taxes when all money experts are telling us all we are very close to a financial meltdown. There is no animal emergency that would dictate raising fees, taxes, or whatever else is up the sleeves of County Goverment. I am watching and listening very closely to,the words our candidates are saying. Why don't you get out in the community and see what other City of Greenville residents are saying. They are saying and voting for lowering taxes and keeping service that's already in place. Let's not go into unchartered territory and discover we didn't make the right decisions. A vote for Mr. Gaskins, is a vote for level headed citizens that say no to a mult million Dollar animal shelter that we do not need. I also hope Mr. Gaskins works on a platform to nelp our elderly residents also. He has already stated he is going to work hard for the veterans also. Put your vote where your mouth is. Get the facts, make public records requests. See the figures. They do not match what the County is saying.


Look at what I told you last night. Now he is asking for $128,000. POINT MADE!


Your taxes will not be lower it will go up with all the money the Sheriff wants to increase salaries and all his upgrades he wants.

yeap a yes man

I can see it right now, he will be a yes vote for anything Neil Elks wants. If he is elected than he will be Neils boss and Neil will be his boss. One wrong vote and Kip will be out of a job. Remember the sheriff can fire you for no reason.

yeap a yes man

I can see it right now, he will be a yes vote for anything Neil Elks wants. If he is elected than he will be Neils boss and Neil will be his boss. One wrong vote and Kip will be out of a job. Remember the sheriff can fire you for no reason.

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