June 3, 2013
It’s official: County employees to receive raise
By SANDY SEMANS ROSS
County Board of Commissioners has approved the budget for the 2013-14
fiscal year, which begins July 1 and includes a 3.25-cent tax increase.
revenue neutral rate determined after the revaluation totals were set
was 39.75 cents per $100 dollars of property value. The revenue neutral
rate is the rate that would generate the same amount of revenue used to
support the previous fiscal year’s budget. Included in that rate is a
growth factor based on a formula provided in the state statutes. The
tax increase brings the rate up to 43 cents per $100.
The tax increase adds about $60 to the tax bill for a property valued at $200,000.
budget was approved by a four-to-three vote with Commissioners Richard
Johnson, Bob Woodard, and Jack Shea voting against it. All three of the
Republicans objected to an increase in taxes and questioned giving a
cost of living raise to the employees, who had not received a raise
At the commission’s last meeting in May,
Commissioner Richard Johnson questioned why so many nonprofits are
receiving special appropriations. In particular, Johnson pointed to
Food for Thought and noted that its last tax filing showed a fund
balance of about $200,000.
That issue became moot in the June
3 meeting when Loismary Hoehne, president of the Food for Thought Board
of Directors, told the board during the public comment section of the
meeting that the agency has received a Walmart Foundation grant for
$20,000 and therefore does not need the additional funding from the
county. Hoehne said that recognizing that it is a difficult period for
the county, the agency was withdrawing its request for the special
appropriation. She noted, however, that it might come back to the board
for help in the future.
Although the budget is now set, there could still be changes based on the approval of a state budget.
salaries for a number of teaching positions are paid by Dare County.
The budget adopted on Monday includes a one percent cost of living
raise for them. However, Dare County Manager Bobby Outten said that
“Different [proposed state] budgets have
different amounts,” said Outten. The governor’s proposed state budget
includes a one percent cost of living raise but the Senate budget
version has none. The North Carolina House has not yet completed its
proposed version. Dare County will give the county-paid teachers
the same as that received by the state-paid teachers. If the adopted
state budget contains no raise for teachers, then the county-budgeted
money will be deducted.
County property taxes are applied
county-wide, but property tax bills vary widely throughout both the
unincorporated areas and in the municipalities as town tax rates,
sanitation, and special tax district rates are added to the base rate.
proposed base tax of 43 cents plus the 10.3 cents for sanitation will
be throughout the unincorporated areas. In addition, those areas with
special tax districts used to support community centers and fire
departments will have additional taxes. Boards of Trustees set the
budgets and submit requested tax rates for the community centers, and
fire department boards of directors submit budgets and corresponding
tax rates for consideration. Before submitting the budget and tax
requests, all rates are reset to revenue neutral, although they can be
added to or decreased with county approval.
wide differences in the drop in property values throughout the county,
so the increase in rate will raise some tax bills higher than last
year’s, while other areas will pay about the same or slightly less.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
here for rates for individual total tax rates, with sanitation and
special districts, for the villages of unincorporated Dare County.