Update June 23, 2021
Nags Head's Board of Commissioners adopted their fiscal year 2021-2022 budget at their June 16, 2021 meeting. As part of the budget process, tax rates were adopted for the Town’s six beach nourishment municipal service districts (MSD), four of which were newly adopted in June to establish a more sustainable funding plan. The supplementary revenue from the new tax formula will build up the Town’s beach nourishment fund balance to support future projects and provide more stability for future tax rates. One cent was added to MSD 4, bringing the overall rate to 1.0 cent per $100 of valuation. One half (.5) cent was added to MSDs 3 and 6, bringing the overall rate to .5 cent per $100 of valuation. No tax rate was established for MSD 5. The four new districts will raise an additional $135,069 annually for future beach nourishment efforts. There were no changes to MSDs 1 and 2, which have been in place since 2011 and have a tax rate of 14.30 cents.
(in cents per $100 of valuation)
Current Fiscal Year
Ending June 30, 2021
Adopted Fiscal Year
Townwide Beach Nourishment
Municipal Service Districts 1 and 2
Municipal Service District 4
Municipal Service Districts 3 and 6
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
At 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
1. 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.
2022 Beach Restoration Project
The 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.