BOC Meeting Highlights - June 5
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Manager Presents Proposed 2017/2018 Budget
County Manager Bobby Outten presented the proposed budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. He explained that the Manager’s proposed budget was drafted following 4 Budget Workshops where the Board met at length with individual department leaders to review each budget request and its impact on County services. He noted that with the Board’s hard work and guidance, the initial budget deficit was reduced by almost $3 million.
Outten pointed out that the proposed budget requires a 4 cent property tax increase to cover initiatives that include meeting the growing demand for emergency medical services, increased funding for schools, implementing the salary study for County employees that was approved in January, and continued dredging maintenance to ensure both Hatteras and Oregon Inlets remain open for business.
If approved, the proposed property tax rate of 47 cents will be the first increase since 2011 and will keep Dare’s tax rate as the seventh lowest of the state’s 100 counties. The owner of a home valued at $250,000 would see an increase of $100 per year.
The Board scheduled a public hearing for the proposed budget on Monday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m.
New COA President Introduced
Dr. Robert Wynegar, the new President of the College of the Albemarle, was introduced to the Board by Chairman of the COA Board of Trustees and Currituck County Commissioner, Paul O’Neal.
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Finance Director David Clawson and Assistant Finance Director Sally DeFosse were recognized for their outstanding efforts preparing the County’s CAFR (or comprehensive annual financial report) for fiscal year 2015/16. This is the 26th consecutive year that Dare County has received this prestigious award.
Support for Roanoke Island Historical Association
The Board supported a request from the Roanoke Island Historical Association to request GOSPL (or Green Space -Open Space Preservation of Land) funding from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau to help purchase land to preserve the woodlands on the north end of Roanoke Island and also benefit the Roanoke Island Historical Association.
Support for Water Sampling and Remediation at Southern Shores Site
Carol Riggin, representing the Southern Shores Civic Association, received support from the Board of Commissioners following a request that the State provide resources necessary to resume water sampling and a remediation plan for the Currituck Sound in the area of Soundview Park in Southern Shores
Conditional Use Permit Approved for Kings Point Oysters in Hatteras
Commissioners approved a conditional use permit and site plan for Kings Point Oysters in Hatteras Village. The site is zoned R2-AH and fish houses are permitted as a conditional use in this district. A number of conditions were stipulated as part of the permit to alleviate concerns posed by some adjoining property owners.
Debris Management Contract Executed
With hurricane season here, the Board seized an opportunity to rebid the County’s debris management contract in an effort to provide efficient and effective debris removal services if and when needed, following a storm.
Next Meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners’ next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 19 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.