Category Archives: Bayboro

Moving is complete – we will be open for business Monday

Moving is complete. We will be open for business Monday.  Our new address is 306 Main Street, Bayboro.  The next issue of The County Compass will be July 6.…

Health Department announces big change!

Pediatric Services to begin in July By Scott Lenhart, Director Pamlico County Health Department BAYBORO — It has been six months since I have taken the helm at Pamlico County Health Department, and I would like to update the community on the many advances we have accomplished since my arrival last November. First of all, I would like to thank my staff, other Pamlico agencies, and the citizens who came forward to welcome my family and me into the community. Partnerships are very important for the health and wellbeing of community, so that has been a primary focus since my arrival. As we inte…

‘We do listen!’ Delamar, Baskervill switch votes in nod to citizen angst

Peasants with pitchforks force retreat on property tax increase Another big crowd turned up Monday night – the second consecutive meeting in which the County Commissioners were forced to move their proceedings to the larger confines of the courtroom. BAYBORO – Let’s give the taxpayers of Pamlico County credit for showing up in big numbers (not just once, but twice). The double whammy turnout on June 5 and again on June 19 sent elected officials an unmistakable message: Now is not the time to raise property taxes, especially when county coffers are replete with ample savings. Immediat…

Pamlico County tax increase on fast track!

‘Miracle turnout’ required to derail measure Hearing set for 7 pm on Monday, June 19 The ad valorem tax rate is by far the biggest revenue generator for Pamlico County. BAYBORO – The original May 22 vote to increase the property tax rate for Pamlico County was razor blade close. A majority of four county commissioners – Missy Baskervill, Candy Bohmert, Pat Prescott, and Paul Delamar III (the board chairman) – simply outvoted the three commissioners — Ann Holton, Ed Riggs Jr., and Carl Ollison – who opposed an increase. Exactly two weeks later (on June 5) county taxpayers sho…

Most in large crowd irate over property tax increase

Ann Holton’s attempt to revisit May 22 vote ruled out of order by Chairman Paul Delamar Audience cheers as Ollison vows: “We don’t need to raise a big bank account on backs of people in Pamlico County!” Click on image to enlarge. BAYBORO – Monday night’s crowd was huge – the biggest turnout in more than a decade for a meeting of the Pamlico County Commission. Anticipating a well-attended session, Tim Buck, the county manager, had arranged to host the session in the large second floor courtroom, complete with microphones and speakers. One by one, regular rank-and-file citizens e…

Stop feeding ‘Governmental Beast,’ says Ollison

Veteran commissioner urges large turnout for June 5 meeting Carl Ollison By Carl Ollison | Guest Commentary Editor’s note:  Carl Ollison is the longest serving of Pamlico County’s seven elected commissioners. He represents Township 4, which encompasses all of Pamlico County’s northeast corner. BAYBORO – Property taxes are going up in Pamlico County. If you want taxes to go up, then please stay home on Monday night, June 5. But if — like me — you think higher taxes are bad for our poor county, then please show up at 7 pm on Monday night, June 5. That’s the time and date for…

Higher property tax approved

BAYBORO – A tax rate of 62.5 cents for every 100 dollars of property valuation is insufficient to balance a proposed budget for Pamlico County Government over the next fiscal year – which begins June 1. At least that appears to be the consensus of a four-person majority on the County Commission, who indicated Monday night, May 22, that further cuts in proposed expenses are not feasible. During the evening’s marathon three-hour plus budget planning workshop, the seven-member board narrowly approved a hike in next year’s ad valorem tax rate to 65 cents for every 100 dollars of property…

‘Loosey-Goosey’ one way to describe Monday night’s County Commission session

BAYBORO – Pamlico County’s highest elected officials have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to bring projected revenues for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 fiscal year in line with ever-growing expenses. Numerous workshops have been scheduled. Attendance has been exemplary – even for a Monday night, April 24, budget session when the weather outside was super nasty!! Paul Delamar And, most of the seven – Missy Baskervill, Candy Bohmert, Ann Holton, Paul Delamar III, Patricia Prescott, Ed Riggs Jr., and Carl Ollison – appear to have been doing their homework, which is mostly c…

Less space ‘untenable’ says library official

Editor’s note: The forced downsizing of the Pamlico County Library has created quite a furor in recent weeks. Monday night, library official Ben Bowditch addressed the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. Here are his remarks, continued to Page B-12 where readers can also see the written ultimatum, dated March 13, from John Potter, Chairman of the Pamlico County Board of Education. Ben Bowditch BAYBORO – My name is Ben Bowditch. I have the honor of representing Pamlico County on the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library Board of Trustees, and I serve as chairman of that board. A…

Operation “Shut It Down,” – 20 people charged with drug offenses in Pamlico County

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office Over the last several weeks, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an operation targeting those involved in the sale and/or distribution of drug throughout Pamlico County. Operation “Shut It Down,” resulted in 20 criminal suspects being arrested and charged as a result of controlled purchases of narcotics utilizing undercover agents and confidential informants, traffic stops on individuals, search warrants executed and citizen complaints that led deputies to suspects in our communities. The Sheriff’s Office would like to t…
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