Pamlico County tax increase on fast track!
‘Miracle turnout’ required to derail measure
Hearing set for 7 pm on Monday, June 19
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 showed up en masse. The packed Bayboro courtroom was unprecedented, as most (but not all) were there to send a strong signal opposing higher property taxes for the coming fiscal year.
When Ann Holton made a motion to revisit the controversial May 22 vote, Delamar quickly ruled her attempt as ‘out of order ‘ – a parliamentary rebuff seldom seen in the usually folksy meetings of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners.
On Monday, June 19, at 7 pm, things could be different. However, insiders familiar with the board’s inner workings concede it will take a massive, even ‘miracle’ turnout of antsy taxpayers to rollback the increase. No matter which side of the issue you favor, this Monday night promises to be entertaining!!
It is the required public hearing for Pamlico County’s new annual budget. Time to speak up, if you are so inclined! Or, sit back (assuming you can find a seat) and watch the fireworks on the second floor of the Bayboro Courthouse.
For more information, call the County Manager’s office at (252) 745-3133.