May 2010



I wanted to share this un-edited comment with you.  It was posted last night on this blog.

Well, I am a local, born and raised down there on the beach, Dare County. Here’s the problem. It’s the “good-ole boy, party-bosses” corrupt system that dominates. I don’t know the exact percentage, but I’d be willing to bet that a great percentage of people living in Dare County (more…)


Senator Marc Basnight is testing the waters for a full plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks.  Not content to restrict your choice at the supermarket, Home Depot and other bigger stores, Basnight would like to see the ban implemented in every small business on the Outer Banks.  Can our small businesses really afford a mandate like this?  Click here to read the text of the current bill .

Did you know that producing paper bags costs more and requires more oil than the plastic?   Did you know that most people re-use their plastic bags?  Check out this Reason article to learn more about the paper/plastic debate.

Before moving forward with this massive nanny state mandate, Senator Basnight is soliciting feedback.  According to a letter sent from his office to 600 business (more…)


New patrol cars and safe government jobs.  That’s what the County has planned for your two cents.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is on the brink of a two cent property tax increase.  Jack Shea is the only Commissioner willing to vote against it.  The other two Republicans support the increase as well as the rest of the Board (no surprise there).  Will you support a candidate that votes for a tax increase?  Take our poll at the end of this post.

You heard what Richard Johnson (R) had to say at the Budget Workshop two weeks ago.  Now here comes Mike Johnson (R) supporting an increase in yesterday’s meeting.  According to Outer Banks Voice, (more…)


New patrol cars and safe government jobs.  That’s what the County has planned for your two cents.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is on the brink of a two cent property tax increase.  Jack Shea is the only Commissioner willing to vote against it.  The other two Republicans support the increase as well as the rest of the Board (no surprise there).  Will you support a candidate that votes for a tax increase?  Take our poll at the end of this post.

You heard what Richard Johnson (R) had to say at the Budget Workshop two weeks ago.  Now here comes Mike Johnson (R) supporting an increase in yesterday’s meeting.  According to Outer Banks Voice, (more…)


New patrol cars and safe government jobs.  That’s what the County has planned for your two cents.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is on the brink of a two cent property tax increase.  Jack Shea is the only Commissioner willing to vote against it.  The other two Republicans support the increase as well as the rest of the Board (no surprise there).  Will you support a candidate that votes for a tax increase?  Take our poll at the end of this post.

You heard what Richard Johnson (R) had to say at the Budget Workshop two weeks ago.  Now here comes Mike Johnson (R) supporting an increase in yesterday’s meeting.  According to Outer Banks Voice, (more…)


Under ever pebble of sand on the beach in Dare County, a tax increase lurks.  The County is still considering a one or two cent property tax increase.  The Towns of KDH and Nags Head are looking at property tax increases.  And then of course there is the dreadful beach nourishment tax which will be a 25% increase in the occupancy tax, taking it from 4% to 5%.  In addition, Nags Head will likely have to find an additional way to tax their residents to fund the balance of the project.  On top of all that are the increases in our state sales and income taxes enacted last year and the increase in federal taxes that we are going to see starting in 2011 when the Bush tax cuts expire.

Apparently, the voices of those advocating fiscal responsibility are being drowned out by those who are willing to succumb to the Tax Monster in order to avoid the very difficult decisions that will eventually have to be made.  One of those succumbing is Republican Dare County Commissioner (more…)


Under ever pebble of sand on the beach in Dare County, a tax increase lurks.  The County is still considering a one or two cent property tax increase.  The Towns of KDH and Nags Head are looking at property tax increases.  And then of course there is the dreadful beach nourishment tax which will be a 25% increase in the occupancy tax, taking it from 4% to 5%.  In addition, Nags Head will likely have to find an additional way to tax their residents to fund the balance of the project.  On top of all that are the increases in our state sales and income taxes enacted last year and the increase in federal taxes that we are going to see starting in 2011 when the Bush tax cuts expire.

Apparently, the voices of those advocating fiscal responsibility are being drowned out by those who are willing to succumb to the Tax Monster in order to avoid the very difficult decisions that will eventually have to be made.  One of those succumbing is Republican Dare County Commissioner (more…)

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