Under heavy fire for orchestrating a so-called ‘hunting program’ for selected youths on county property using appropriated county equipment, Commissioner Mike Johnson has now been found to have been using the power of his office to solicit donations for a religious organization.  Johnson used his county email account to promote and solicit donations for Cross Trail Outfitters (CTO), a Christian based hunting and fishing club, with which he is affiliated.  This is in clear violation of county policy, state ethical standards and plain old common sense.

Johnson’s public promotion of  CTO, began as early as Feb 2010.  County records indicate there are at least 2,000 emails between 2010 and 2011 that were either to or from Commissioner Mike Johnson’s county e-mail account that either related to his work with CTO or contained the following signature block: (more…)


The Dare County Board of Commissioners today rejected County Manager Outten’s proposal to ban smoking on all Dare County property.  The final vote was 3-4.  The motion to adopt the proposal was brought by Vice Chair Allen Burrus and seconded by Max Dutton  Commissioners voting for the ban were Chairman Warren Judge, Vice Chair Allen Burrus and Max Dutton.  Those opposed were Mike Johnson, Jack Shea, Richard Johnson and Virginia Tillett.  The highly controversial proposal would have banned smoking in all county cars and on all outdoor property owned, leased or occupied by Dare County.   Smoking is already banned inside County buildings.


In a recent interview with WTKR, Republican Dare County Commissioner Mike Johnson declared, “I’m a conservative Republican and hate taxes…” Anyone familiar with Commissioner Johnson’s record on taxes would know that Johnson is taking a few liberties here. The record shows that Commissioner Mike Johnson has twice voted for County budgets that include property tax increases.

His first vote for a property tax increase came in 2006 when the property tax was raised 1 cent per $1,000 value. Then last year, Commissioner Mike Johnson voted for a 2 cent property tax increase. If this is how a conservative Republican governs, I’d hate to see what kind of increases we’d have if he was not conservative.

Will Johnson try and shore up his conservative bona-fides by opposing a tax increase this year?  I predict not.  I think he’ll try for one more tax increase to give himself a cushion for the 2012 budget.  Then in 2012, he’ll ‘get serious’ about cutting spending.  That’s when we’ll see his conservative side.  Until then, expect politics as usual.


Come on out to the Board of Commissioner’s Meeting on Monday, June 21st at 5pm to let the Board know how you feel about the prospect of higher taxes.  Except for Jack Shea, every Commissioner is on record in favor of a 2cent/$100 value property tax increase.  Monday’s meeting is our opportunity to give the Board public comments about the budget.  Even if you don’t want to speak, show up with your (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…)