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Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners May 2, 2016 Meeting

Post Date:05/03/2016 9:30 a.m.

Video Link in Buxton Launched 

On May 2, the Dare County Board of Commissioners launched a new video link that enables citizens at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to address the Board of Commissioners during public comments and public hearings, and view Board meetings live without traveling to Manteo. 

Manager's Proposed Budget Keeps Tax Rate Unchanged 

County Manager Bobby Outten presented his recommended budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposed General Fund budget totals $104.2 million and maintains the property tax rate at 43 cents per $100 of valuation. The plan includes funding for Board of Commissioners priorities, including: 

  • Commitment to funding quality education for our students, as agreed upon by the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education last year. 
  • Continuation of funding for the proactive dredging maintenance plan for our inlets. 
  • Funding to begin implementation of the County employee salary study that is currently underway. 
  • Emphasis on fiscal responsibility and accountability by addressing the fund deficit of the Insurance Fund and continuing progress in increasing the fund balance of the General Fund. 
  • Funding to complete the Economic Diversification Strategic Plan for Dare County. 

Copies of the proposed budget are available online at darenc.com or at the County Administration Building in Manteo. The public may provide comments and feedback during a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 10:00 AM 

Zoning Amendment Change Made to Comply with State Legislation; Setbacks for Accessory Structures to be Discussed Further 

Following a public hearing, the Board of Commissioners updated the Dare County Zoning Ordinance to ensure consistency with new state legislation that prohibits local governments from regulating building design elements for one and two family residential structures. A section of the County's zoning standards that limited the number of bedrooms according to lot size was removed. A new section that applies principal use setbacks to accessory structures such as swimming pools and detached garages will be reviewed by a committee of stakeholders before coming back to the Board of Commissioners for consideration. 

Celebrate Dare Day on June 4 in Downtown Manteo 

The Board received an update from Town of Manteo Commissioner Martha Wickre, organizer for this year's Dare Day celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 4 in downtown Manteo. A number of new activities are planned, including a concert featuring the original Rhondels at 7 PMFor more information, visit dareday.org. 

Annual Update About Issues Facing Seniors 

Kaye White, Dare County's Delegate on the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature, provided an update about the issues and priorities concerning older adults to be considered by the NC General Assembly. For more information, contact the Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging at 252.426.5753. 

Commissioners Recognize Older Americans Month, Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and Emergency Medical Services Week 

The Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2016 Older Americans Month, urging residents to take time to acknowledge older adults and the people who serve them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribute to our community. 

May 8 - June 19 is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and is set aside as a time to reinforce the spirit of respecting and valuing all elders. 

And the week of May 15 - 21 is officially proclaimed Emergency Medical Services Week - the community is encouraged to recognize the faithful service that is provided by the men and women of Dare County EMS. 

Get Involved! Apply to Serve on a County Board or Committee 

The Dare County Board of Commissioners welcomes citizen participation on many County Advisory Boards and Committees. Appointments to 11 different committees will be made in June. Click here to learn more about Advisory Boards and committees. 

Next Meeting and More Information 

The Board of Commissioners next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16th at 5 PM and will take place at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to provide easy access for citizens wishing to speak about the proposed service district for the Buxton Beach Nourishment Project. The public hearing for the service district begins at 5:30 PM 

For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and video from meetings, visit darenc.com and scroll to the Board of Commissioners information located in the left column on the home page. 


 

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