Category Archives: TAXES

Watchdog group warns of staggering tax increase in Craven County!

By Hal James & Raynor James Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association NEW BERN — Instead of discussing the suggestions of taxpayers made at its most recent public hearing on next year’s proposed budget, members of the Craven County Board of Commissioners have challenged the veracity and honesty of some of the speakers at the hearing. The proposed budget is scheduled to be voted on by the Commissioners at its meeting at 8:30 on the morning of Monday, June 20. Yes, we know! Working folks cannot be there. Is this an accident? On purpose? (2nd floor, Craven County Administration Bu…

Elected officials in Craven County no longer work on behalf of taxpayers

Watchdog group says every budget should start with a ‘blank page’ Members of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association turned out in force for Monday night’s meeting of the Craven County Board of Commissioners. First row, from left: Kim Fink, Glenn Fink, Hal James, Ray Griffin, Betty Harper, and Bill Harper. Second row, from left: Bob Griswold, Mary Griswold (partially obscured), and Ann Bowman. By Hal James and Raynor James | Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association NEW BERN — About 30 disgruntled taxpayers attended the June 6 public hearing on Craven County’s pro…

Wants, needs of county & town governments outpace modest growth in tax base

Pamlico taps savings for $1.2 million. Oriental ups property tax. Craven continues spending spree. Monday night, Bossy Hardison, (left) the Pamlico County Forest Ranger; and Andy Meadows, District Forester, managed to eke out a commitment from the Pamlico County Commissioners to fund 40 percent of the cost for a new pickup truck. The two men will request the remaining funds from state government. News Analysis EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Local economies are on a steady, but slow recovery from the Great Recession. However, local town and county governments can’t wait. They want to party…

Governor Pat Mccrory Joins Secretary Susan Kluttz in New Bern for Historic Tax Credit Tour

Governor Pat McCrory will join N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, Mayor Dana Outlaw, the Board of Aldermen, city staff and other local leaders Wednesday, April 8 at 2 p.m., as part of the state historic tax credit tour of historic buildings that have utilized the recently expired historic tax credits. Various stops throughout New Bern will be included and Governor McCrory, Secretary Kluttz and city officials will kick off the visit at the Isaac Taylor House located at 228 Craven Street. “The Historic Tax Credits brought jobs and economic development to ru…

Taxpayer watchdog sinks teeth into juicy morsels

By Hal James | Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association NEW BERN — Security concerns at the Human Services Building is a subject has come up in each of the last several Craven County Board of Commissioners meetings. It started back on Nov. 17, when Social Services Director Kent Flowers presented a request that the Board consider a WEAPONS BAN in county buildings. That went over like a lead balloon (kudos to the Commissioners), so during his song and dance routine, Mr. Flowers modified his request to ask for armed security at the Human Services Building.  At the Jan. 20 meeting of the Boa…

Local educators live it up on taxpayer-paid trip to Memphis

Conference billed as ‘Professional Development’ allows plenty of time for sightseeing By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer MEMPHIS, TENN – Photos received from a confidential source show a quartet of administrators and faculty members from Pamlico County High School, enjoying themselves along Beale Street, a major tourist attraction close to the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. The images were presumably taken during breaks from a three-day national conference, where speakers and workshop leaders counsel educators on better ways to improve the learning experience at the…

State eyes services for sales tax

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer RALEIGH – Legislating can be messy. Sort of like making sausage. Things often get thrown in at the last minute. And, there’s no better way to find obscure, and potentially hot topic stuff, than in the final section of a new law. With his signature Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory officially codified new legislation that has a warm fuzzy name – the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act. We thought you might like to peruse the very last words of this new law. Pay particular attention to Item 7. That’s the seed that could quite quickly grow into a new sales tax on a multi…

State’s tax policy lousy for growth

Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Last week before a hearing of the Finance Committee of the North Carolina Senate, Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard offered an overview of the negative effects of existing tax policy and offered alternatives. Here are his slightly edited remarks: Chairman Rabon and Chairman Rucho, Members of the Committee: My name is Scott Drenkard, and I’m an economist at the Tax Foundation. For those unfamiliar with the Tax Foundation, we are a non-partisan, non-profit organization that has monitored fiscal policy at all levels of governm…

Letters stall tolls – for now

  But booth already gobbles power Lights and heat pump for the unoccupied tollbooth now operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An alert motorist snapped these photos Wednesday afternoon. Photocopies of the electric bill for this structure have been requested by The County Compass under the state’s Public Records law. By Henri McClees | Special to the County Compass We have now stopped the new ferry toll rules by submitting more than 10 signed letters requesting legislative review pursuant to NC General Statutes Chapter 150B. On Thursday, the NC Rules Review Commission meets in Raleig…

Will letters to legislators turn the tide on looming ferry tolls?

  Rolf Anselm of Oriental, known to many of his friends as Popeye, is doing his part to oppose legislation that will impose tolls for the first time on state-run ferries across both the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Saturday morning he was spotted mailing hand written notes to 14 state legislators, using makeshift address labels clipped from a page in the May 2 issue of the County Compass. For readers who would like to emulate these commendable efforts, e-mail info@compassnnews360.com and we will send you the list of legislators used by Anslem for his mini-mailing – each ready to be clipped…