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FIRST ON 3: County overtaxes Kure Beach residents

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Tax Administrator says Kure Beach residents paid too much on their property tax bills. Roger Kelly told a news conference the error falls on him.

Kelly said an error on the tax rate applied to property in Kure Beach led to residents being overcharged by $29,086. Kelly said new tax bills should go out tomorrow.

The county says the original bills used a tax rate of 16.5 percent instead of the actual town tax rate of 16.25 percent. The mistake affected 2,445 properties. It will cost the county 45 cents per property to fix the error.

This is not the first time the New Hanover County Tax Office has made a large-scale mistake. In January 2008, the county revealed tax-exempt property had not been removed from the county's property revaluation. That mistake significantly overstated the county's tax value. It led the county and its municipalities to readjust revenue and spending, including significant budget cuts.

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