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Tyrrell commissioners raise tax rate to 94 cents 

The Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners on June 2 adopted the county’s 2020-21 budget that authorizes a multitude of activities and appropriates $7,489,334 to pay for them. The commissioners set the property tax rate at 94 cents per $100 valuation, six cents above the current rate.

Voting for adoption were all five commissioners: Jordan Davis, Tommy Everett, Nina Griswell, Lawrence Swain, and Carl Willis.

County Manager/Attorney David Clegg had proposed a $7,568,572 spending plan with 96-cent tax rate.

The value of all taxable property in the county is $390,296,849, up $197,252 over the current year that ends June 30.

County employees get a one-percent pay increase, which amounts to $12,000.

A listing of appropriations by department follows:

Governing Body $490,872

Appropriations $65,673

Finance $201,833

Tax $252,836

Elections $96,770

Register Of Deeds $134,216

Courthouse Loan $57,798

Building & Grounds $549,880

Sheriff-Non Law Enforcement $87,835

Sheriff-Law Enforcement $811,465

Jail/Confinement $122,000

Emergency Management $77,595

Fire $180,600

Building Inspections $85,185

Medical Examiner $5,650

Emergency Medical Service $683,625

Animal Control $66,805

DMV Agency $37,316

Elderly & Handicapped Transportation $107,803

Sr. Ctr & Nutrition $141,751.00

Forestry Agreement $57,143

Planning Board $5,850

Cooperative Extension $168,882

Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors $60,094

Health Services $57,251

Social Services $1,385,792

Outside Poor Relief $3,000

Social Services Programs $45,500

Veterans Affairs $200

Grants $124,853

Library $140,055

Parks & Recreation $42,344

Schools $592,595

Total Expenditure $7,489,334

If Tyrrell taxpayers were called upon to supply the entire amount needed, the property tax rate would be $1.92 per $100 valuation, whereas the 94-cent rate will generate in current-year taxes about $3,669,000 of the sum required.

Clegg reported a forthcoming increase in sewer charges because the towns of Columbia and Creswell, which both supply wastewater treatment and disposal services to the county, are upping their rates.

Although Republic Services raised its fee by 2.49% in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, the board did not raise the Solid Waste Fee from its current $225 plus $35 LCID(rubble field) charge.