Nags Head Sandbag
In the coming days and weeks, residents of Dare County will hear more and more about the Town of Nags Head and their attempt to gather tax revenue from every possible source to carry out their planned beach nourishment program. They estimate the cost of the program at $36 million today. If it gets to bid, rest assured it will be higher. As evidenced by their Wednesday board meeting, (see it on channel 20, Friday & Saturday night at 7 pm.) they plan to tax any and everyone they can to gain this funding. (1) an additional countywide 1 % occupancy tax, (2) restoration of the repealed countywide 1% sales (sand) tax, (3) $20,000,000 of the $24,000,000 sitting in the county shoreline protection bank account, which is owned by all towns and the unincorporated areas of Dare County, (4) a $5,000,000 request from the State of North Carolina, (5) $100 per oceanfront foot assessment on Nags Head property owners. Every single penny could be lost to one storm or one hurricane before the sand dredge gets back to the dock.
Most Dare County residents cannot begin to fathom why, the majority of voters in Nags Head placed Commissioner Anna Sadler back in office in November after she stated that she "did not care what the voters said; and, later apologized. Now she appears ready to slap them in the face again by re-imposing the county wide sales tax (which would make Dare the highest in the state and among the highest in the nation.).
Likewise, it is hard to fathom why Commissioners like Wayne Gray, who was formerly against beach nourishment, and said it would never work, voted to place Renee Cahoon back in office, knowing full well what was coming down the pike. Gray says he is getting out of politics after his current term ends. Is this his way of giving a parting gift(?) to his constitutents?
It's a "given" why Sadler voted for Cahoon's reinstatement; but, why have the residents of Nags Head sat still for it? And, EOD is puzzled by Commissioner Doug Remaley, who not only wants to tax who he can for beach nourishment, but earlier, wanted the town and/or county to buy and maintain a dredge to do the work.
It's time to get to work, folks. Don't wait until you read in the News & Observer, Virginian Pilot or your local newspaper come spring that you will be paying more sales tax again, etc. These people mean business, and rest assured there will be more going on in the background than you will ever learn until it is too late, if you don't act now.
EOD encourages you to call or write your town's elected officials and let them know how you feel about this issue. Each town has a vote on the Shoreline Commission (although the county commissioners can override their vote); and we encourage you to insist that your offiicals speak up. We also encourage residents of the Town of Manteo to get involved in this matter. They should not sit on the sideline until it is too late. Manteo residents should insist that their town mayor accept the seat on the Shoreline Commission that has been ignored up to this date. By not sitting on the commission, Manteo is not looking out for shoreline protection along the shores of Roanoke Island; all of which is covered by the legislated act which dictates how this $24,000,000 can be spent.
Below is the email of these officials (Nags Head is not included, for obvious reasons). We urge you to "cut and paste "and let all of them know how you feel.