We’ve been had!  The Towns of Dare County are finding out the hard way that our representatives in the General Assembly, Mr. Tim Spear and former Senator Marc Basnight, cannot be trusted.  Spear sponsored the bill in the House and Basnight ushered through the bill in the Senate, which allowed for the controversial 1% occupancy tax increase but the bills were a far cry from the resolutions passed by the Dare County BOC and the Shoreline Management Commission, who supported the measure only under certain conditions.

At the request of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, Rep. Spear and Senator Basnight ushered through bills calling for an additional 1% occupancy tax in Dare County.  Spear’s bill, HB 1945, called for the tax to be used only for beach nourishment projects.  The Senate bill, SB 1298, which is the one that eventually passed, did the same.  On the contrary, the resolutions passed by the Dare County BOC and the Shoreline Management Commission (each Town has a Rep on the SMC), called for the funds to be available for any legal erosion control technique Outer Banks Voice is reporting that no one in any of the Towns became aware of this bait and switch until recently when Kitty Hawk tried to tap into the fund to remove a house on a public beach and was told that their request did not meet the legal requirements.

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