When it comes to finances these days, budget time is crunch time for many families on the Outer Banks. And, the same should go for county government, local municipalities, community centers and community fire departments, to name a few. The money has to come from somewhere, and when in-hand, it needs to be well spent.
Where might we expect to see increases in tax rates in Dare County in the months ahead? Will the call for more money for doggie parks, fancy walking trails, and indoor swimming pools go out again? Will our elected officials agree to cut back on unnecessary travel, realizing our economy isn't out of its down spin quite yet?
We're paying more for gasoline each time we pull up to the pump. Can we afford to pay more for water, fire protection, etc., if, like gasoline, we really won't be getting any more mileage for our money?
Hopefully, our county commissioners would be willing to do the same thing before they increase property taxes countywide again this year. Listen to the people. But, hey...this is Dare County...things don't always happen that way.
Here are some comparative tax rates for the various community districts in Dare County. People living in these communities pay varying amounts, in addition to the current, countywide property tax rate of 28 cents per $100.