Board passes plan that includes tax cut

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 08:37 AM.

Craven County property owners will get a slightly lower tax bill in August under the $98 million budget the Craven County Board of Commissioners adopted on Monday.

The 2013-14 spending plan trims a quarter-cent off the county’s property tax rate, dropping it from 47 cents per $100 valuation to 46.75 cents.

The owner of a $200,000 home will save about $5 in property taxes under the plan, which reduces county revenue by about $247,000.

Commissioners pushing for the cut said they thought the message sent means more than the money itself: that Craven County runs a tight ship, and its leaders know the money they spend belongs to the people.

Each of the seven commissioners, including the lone dissenter in the 6-to-1 vote, praised county management staff for their work in helping the board toe the line.

District 5 Commissioner Theron McCabe, who represents part of Havelock and the Harlowe community, said he agreed with much of the budget, but could not vote for it because it did not include money for computers by the Havelock-Craven County Public Library and because it discontinues the congregate meals program for Harlowe and Havelock senior citizens.

“I feel that by not providing any meals, this will have a detrimental effect on the community,” he said, citing the recreation and socialization seniors get along with the meals.

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