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 valuation.
The board’s newest commissioner, Missy Baskervill (who represents Township 5) made the motion to increase property taxes, which was seconded by Candy Bohmert (who represents Township 2). The vote went 4 to 3 in favor, with Paul Delamar III and Pat Prescott joining Baskervill and Bohmert.
Three commissioners opposed the increase – Ann Holton, Ed Riggs Jr., and Carl Ollison.
For a Pamlico County homeowner who lives in a house valued at $200,000, the increased tax rate translates into a property tax bill $50 higher than last year. Several readers of the County Compass have inquired how they may correspond with their elected officials. Six on the board regularly reply to email:
Ann Holton email@example.com
Paul Delamar III firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Prescott email@example.com
Candy Bohmert firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward Riggs, Jr email@example.com
Missy Baskervill firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissoner Carl Ollison prefers to communicate by phone with his constituents. Ollison’s cell number is (252) 670-3247.