Category Archives: TAXES

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 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 Raleigh. If 10 letters had not been submitted within one day after this Commission meeting, the new ferry toll rules would have automatically gone into effect, and tolls collection would be required starting July 1, 2013, regardless of what the legislature is doing. This “Ten Letter Ru…

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…

Town OK’s first ever property tax

  By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ALLIANCE – Elected officials voted unanimously Monday night to structure next year’s budget so that it includes projected revenue from a proposed – but not yet adopted – five cent property tax. The possibly controversial decision came on the same night that an auditor told the town that its healthy ‘fund balance’ continues to dwindle. For the most recent fiscal year ending June 30, expenses exceeded revenues by $37,000, forcing the fund balance down to $481,000. Ten years ago, the town felt a lot wealthier, when the figure topped $600,000…

E Special Template

  By Ed Riggs, Jr., Mayor, Town of Alliance | Special to the County Compass Our town would like to announce a public comment period for citizens to express their opinion on ways the Town can increase its incoming revenue over the next several years. First of all, Alliance continues to maintain a healthy fund balance. Years ago, the Town received a large amount of franchise tax, which to this day has maintained the Town. Past and current Town elected officials have done an outstanding job in protecting the Town’s finances. The Town continues to receive a small portion of franchise tax year…

Alliance officials ponder ‘T-word’

  By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer ALLIANCE – T as in taxes. Specifically: Property taxes. Elected officials stressed Monday night their deliberations were early stage. They were tentative. Far from definite. Subject to change. One might even call them hypothetical. Nevertheless, Mayor Ed Riggs Jr. and the four town commissioners — Mike Cuthrell, Louis Daniels, Harry Brooks, and Frank Willis – found themselves discussing “alternative sources of revenues.” They did a fair amount of squirming. Even some backtracking. For a long, long time, the Town of Alliance has p…

Toll opponents ‘effective’ during trek to Raleigh

  By Joe and Henri McClees | Special to the County Compass Thank you to all ferry tax opponents who traveled to Raleigh to join the NO FERRY TAX lobbying effort at the Opening Day of the North Carolina General Assembly. Wednesday, more than 50 ferry tax opponents from Beaufort, Hyde, and Pamlico Counties lobbied the legislature. We had County Commissioners and the County Manager from each county. Activists divided into groups to contact as many legislators as possible before the noon session. We spoke directly with the 23 Senators and Representatives targeted as coastal legislators an…

Tempers flare over budget

  Battle resumes Monday a.m. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – At least two county commissioners indicated Monday night they will go down swinging before OK’ing any increase in property taxes for the coming fiscal year. Kenny Heath, a Republican, and Jimmy Spain, a conservative Democrat, each butted heads with Commission Chairman Paul Delamar III, who has pushed for a three to four cent increase in the ad valorem tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1. When news of the proposed tax increase surfaced last week, Heath said “people began calling me to say ‘hey, you g…
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