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.

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Elitist Commissioner Richard Johnson (R)

Demonstrating the haughty attitude prevalent in Dare County politics, Commissioner Richard Johnson said that he is not convinced that the current district alignment is problematic.  In a stunning display of elitism, Johnson, a Republican and the longest serving Commissioner on the Board, commented to a reporter at The Virginian Pilot,

“Is there anything that’s been needed at the beach that’s not been addressed by the Board of Commissioners?  Everybody’s got schools, nice schools. Everybody’s got libraries. There’s county offices in all the areas. I don’t understand what the issue is.”

This is akin to saying that the huddled masses should be grateful (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


Commissioner Judge has responded to my email.  He does not support the federal government’s efforts to take over health care.  However, he does not think that the resolution put before the Board supported the federal government’s efforts.  I disagreed, we had a good exchange and we agreed to disagree on this point.

We all need to be aware that this matter is going to come up again and it may not be on the agenda, like the last time.  If anyone gets wind of when it will be coming up, please alert ToD so that we can mobilize and be present at the meeting.

If you have not emailed the Commissioners on this topic, please do so.   You can email them directly by clicking on their name below.   The Commissioners who voted ‘NO’ on the resolution are:

Mike Johnson
Jack Shea
Max Dutton
Richard Johnson
Allen Burrus

The Commissioners who voted for the resolution are:
Warren Judge
Virginia Tillett