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Update, May 28, 2021
Watch as Mayor Ben Cahoon gives an update on the beach restoration project and the establishment of four additional tax districts..
At their May 5, 2021 meeting, Nags Head's Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to consider the establishment of four proposed municipal service districts. The Board passed a motion to adopt the ordinance as presented and to establish four additional municipal service districts (Districts 3, 4, 5, and 6) by making numerous findings as noted in the ordinance to include compliance with the requirements of GS 160A, Article 23.
As required by law, the ordinance was passed at a second reading during the June 2, 2021 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Learn more about the 2022 beach restoration project.
Report on Establishment of Four Proposed Municipal Service Districts for Beach Erosion Control, Flood and Hurricane Protection Works, and Flood Control and Drainage Projects
Proposed Municipal Districts - Map
BackgroundAt their February 3, 2021 meeting, Nags Head's Board of Commissioners moved forward with establishing four additional municipal service districts to be used for future beach erosion control, hurricane protection works, and drainage projects. The additional districts include areas west of NC 12/South Virginia Dare Trail and NC 1243/South Old Oregon Inlet Road. The Board is considering how to distribute the costs for completing projects proportionate to the benefits received by property owners in geographically distinct areas of town.
A public hearing was held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
What is a municipal service district (MSD)?A defined area within a city, town or village in which the unit's governing body levies an additional property tax to provide projects or extra services that benefit the properties in that district (North Carolina General Statute Ch. 160A, Article 23)
An MSD must include the area where services are being provided directly. For beach nourishment, any MSD must include the oceanfront.
Current Municipal Service Districts• District 1 - All properties east of South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road between Bonnett Street and Gulfstream Street
• District 2 - All properties east of South Old Oregon Inlet Road between Gulfstream Street and the southern town limits
Proposed Additional Municipal Service Districts• District 3 - All properties east of South Croatan Highway between Bonnett Street and Gulfstream Street/South Virginia Dare Trail
• District 4 - All properties between Gulfstream Street/South Virginia Dare Trail and the southern town limits
• District 5 - All properties east of South Virginia Dare Trail between Eighth Street and Bonnett Street
• District 6 - All properties east of South Croatan Highway between Eighth Street and Bonnett Street
Important Points1. To include a property within an MSD, the project or services delivered must be provided within the MSD boundaries. Therefore, in the future, all properties east of NC 12/South Virginia Dare Trail and NC 1243/South Old Oregon Inlet Road will be included in two municipal service districts. The Town believes that the newly established MSDs could be taxed at a nominal rate to pay for current and future planning activities.
2. Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners has not yet discussed tax rates; at this time, additional MSDs are being put into place to give the Town more flexibility for future beach nourishment activities.
2022 Beach Restoration ProjectThe Town of Nags Head is currently planning a beach restoration project related to 2019's Hurricane Dorian. Construction is planned to take place in the summer of 2022. View more information on the 2022 project.