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Brunswick County property owners face tax rate increase

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Taxing times for property owners in Brunswick County. Many of you can expect to pay a higher property tax rate.
The issue in Brunswick County is that property values have fallen significantly meaning a need for a change in the tax rate.

Brunswick County is working on its tax revaluation. The numbers so far show a loss in property value throughout the area but not all property values fell evenly. In Leland for example the property values held steady, unlike the property values in Oak Island and Southport. In order for the county to bring in the same amount of money in taxes they will have to raise the tax rate since property values took a dive.

"My job is to put a value on everyone's property in this county whether they live here or not and have it relate to the market that we're in right now,” said Brunswick County Tax Administrator, Tom Davis.

Davis said in 2005 Brunswick County saw a boom in development, which allowed elected officials to set the tax rate fairly low. Now that the economy has slumped the tax rate must be increased to make up for the shortcomings.

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Just a crazy thought

How about cutting expenses instead of digging into property owners pockets? I know, that was a good one. Expecting a government to act fiscally responsible, what a joke.

Tax Rate Increase?

"In order for the county to bring in the same amount of money in taxes they will have to raise the tax rate since property values took a dive."

Gee... How about spending less money? Can the government actually do that for once?

tax collection

I have an idea. How about collecting the taxes that are already owed for 2009 and earlier. I for one know of someone that is due since 2007 and he has not paid. I also know that he has the funds to pay. So why not do that first before you raise the rates?

Go ahead then, be a snitch....

...and turn him in, or else mind your own business. It doesn't appear that you have much knowledge of economics, only a gripe to grate.

reply to the snitch comment

FYI. I did with 3 telephone calls over a 9 month period to the tax office. Another person has done that also. So, the county HAS been made aware of this. The sad thing is that it is MY business! I have an elderly relative's life at stake here. And, so that you will know, the "tax evader" has been confronted by family.

Also, I am a tax payer in Brunswick County as well. As for you, why so angry? Guilty dog barking?