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).

Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi ( for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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