Change to local sales tax option would cost Dare $1.2 million

By on March 1, 2017

 A bill introduced by a high-ranking member of the North Carolina General Assembly would change how much local counties get back from the state from the local sales tax, costing Dare County and its towns a combined $1.2 million in annual revenue.

The measure proposed by Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, the Senate majority leader and co-chairman of the Senate appropriations and budget committee, would set a flat local sales tax return rate based on an individual county’s economic tier designation.

Dare County now gets back 1.49 percent of the 2 percent local sales taxes paid by consumers, the highest return rate of any county in North Carolina. But it would see its rate cut to 1.0 percent on the proposal since it is a Tier 2 county.

Local sales taxes are the second largest county-levied revenue stream and comprise on average 12 percent of total county revenues, according to the North Carolina Center for County Research.

The N.C. Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being, with the 40 most distressed counties designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3.

The tier system is incorporated into various state programs to encourage economic activity in the less prosperous areas of the state, according to the Commerce Department’s website.

If Senate Bill 126 is passed, Tier 1 counties would have a designated local sales tax return rate of 1.10 percent, Tier 2 of 1.0 percent, and Tier 3 of 0.9 percent, starting on Sept. 1.

That could cost Dare County an estimated $860,000 a year in revenue, while Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo would see their portion reduced by a combined estimated $400,000.

Currituck County, also a Tier 2 county, currently gets 0.94 percent of local sales tax return, and would see an increase if it is bumped to 1 percent.

Dare, Currituck and Perquimans are the only Tier 2 counties in the area, the rest are Tier 1.

Perquimans would see a drop from 1.06 to 1.00 percent, while Camden would get the biggest increase in the region of 0.18 percent.

Local counties that would get an increase include Chowan (0.01), Washington (0.06), Hertford (0.09), Pasquotank (0.10), Tyrell (0.11), Hyde (0.12), Bertie (0.13) and Gates (0.15).


Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

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