Category Archives: TAXES

‘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…

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…

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…
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