From an Island Free Press report.
Dare County Commissioners voted 4-2 Monday to move forward with a plan to create a service tax district in Buxton to help pay for beach renourishment planned for this summer.
The tax district would include 34 oceanfront properties. The action gives county staff the go-ahead to prepare a report and a map of the district and set a public hearing.
A hearing could come as soon as April 4. Notice of the public hearing must be mailed to all property owners in the district four weeks before the hearing.
After the hearing, the board may adopt a resolution creating the service district and setting the tax rate, which can be made effective in the next fiscal year after the resolution is adopted. Or, after the hearing, the board can make adjustments to the district, which would trigger a second hearing.
No tax rate was included in the motion. The rate for the service district would be decided when the county budget is set.
The project in north Buxton is expected to cost $20 to $27 million. The plan is to renourish 2.9 miles of beach between the Haulover area north of Buxton and the former site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with 2.6 million cubic yards of sand that would be pumped from a borrow pit about 1.8 miles offshore from the old lighthouse site.
The project is pending approval of permits by the National Park Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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