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BOC Meeting Highlights - June 17

Post Date:06/23/2017 2:59 p.m.

 

Dare County Adopts Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 with Tax Increase to Address Long Overdue Needs

After conducting a Public Hearing on the Manager’s proposed budget where two people spoke, the Dare County Board of Commissioners adopted its budget for fiscal year 2018 that will maintain county services and address needs that are long overdue.

The General Fund budget for next year is $6. 5 million or 6.28% more than the current year budget.  Most of this increase is because of 7 pressing items, several of which have been deferred for many years. Driving the increase are expenditures for public safety, schools, county employees, and preserving access through our inlets.

In order to maintain the current level of county services and address these long needed but postponed items, the property tax rate will increase from $0.43 to $0.47 per $100 of valuation.  This represents the first tax increase, exclusive of revaluation in seven years.  Even with the increase, the Dare County tax rate will continue to be the 7th lowest out of North Carolina’s 100 counties.  Applying the tax rate to a property valued at $250,000 will amount to an additional $100 for the year.

No Support for Request to Abandon a Portion of Dare Avenue, SR 1160  

Following a public hearing at which numerous community members spoke against abandoning a portion of Dare Avenue, SR 1160, on Roanoke Island, the Board of Commissioners did not take action on the request.

Dare Soil and Water Conservation Board Quarterly Report

Ann Daisy, Community Conservationist, reported to the Board about programs, technical services, and educational outreach programs that have been undertaken in recent months to promote natural resource management through land conservation, stormwater drainage improvements, and implementation of best management practices.

Financial Reporting for Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Hermine

Finance Director David Clawson provided revenue and cost estimates for Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Hermine. Hurricane Matthew resulted in $2.47 million of costs and Tropical Storm Hermine resulted in $155,123 of costs. Payments from FEMA and insurance have not yet been finalized, but Clawson estimates that all costs except $17,000 will be covered. Commissioners approved the grant project ordinance as presented.

Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 17 at  5:00 p.m. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and the video of entire meetings, visit darenc.com/boc.

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