Beaufort, N.C.

June 8, 2018

TO THE EDITOR:

The proposed budget presentation by Beaufort’s town manager on Wednesday, June 6th, was well attended and became quite an eye opener to many new attendees at the meeting, especially those living in the Eastman Creek subdivision that pay approximately DOUBLE what town residents pay for their water/sewer bill, and it is going to increase again, with some families paying $300 a month for the utility services. Hopefully, the residents will get together and petition to come in town, thereby paying not only county taxes, but Beaufort’s also, which should be a lot less than the out of sight water/sewer bills. But that is their decision.

Those in attendance who live “in town” finally NOW acknowledge that Beaufort has done poorly in keeping up with its streets and sewer line repairs, etc., because of many “slights of hand” in allocating funds in past years. But the past is the past, and we have had at least 10 years to learn to live within our means and make sure that companies pay their rental fees on town property. Our new town manager recently found that some had not paid their rental fees in 10 years and no one noticed!

Additionally, Beaufort also has done poorly in getting our “fair share” of money from the county for certain projects. I have talked till I’m blue in the face to our town commissioners on why we don’t get any money back from our county tax dollars and I gave them the following comparison just on recreational improvements to other towns from 2006 to 2017: Atlantic Beach — $665,000. Emerald Isle — $733,125. Morehead City — $500,000. Newport — $143,454. Beaufort — zero!

Now Beaufort needs to replace its beautiful boardwalk and repair the bulkhead to the tune of $1.2 million, and it needs to raise town taxes approximately 10% to fund the project along with other needs.

Why don’t we get the county to pay at least half of the bill since we are “The coolest small town” and are the drawing card for many people to visit and spend money at all locations in the county?

Another fact: The amount of county property in the town of Beaufort is $73,871,139. That’s MILLIONS in lost revenue to the town because businesses and housing cannot be built on the property.

The only recourse I see if for the citizens of Beaufort and beyond to take action since our town board doesn’t seem to get anywhere with the county commissioners to protect this historic town’s tourist draw and replace all four Republican board members this November. The seven commissioners have been the total majority for too long with their “priorities” to developers. If they can do it to us for so long, your town may be next!

J.T. WOODWARD

(6) comments

DeadBolt

But, but, the Beaufort Music Festival was a huge success though!?!

And, well, al the parking meter's are raking in quarters!

This should pay for the water projects for years?


hahahahahahahahahahaha

CARTERETISCORRUPT

It seems the chickens are coming home to roost. Maybe there is change in the air? Nah, business as usual. Open your wallet and pocketbook and pony up the money. [beam]

DeadBolt

Hey, maybe the street sweeper can pick up some loose change, that should help???????????????


ps. its raining , i'll bet there is a 'great group of doo gooders' simply waiting to report that shell fishing is closed, for 4 days and ready to enforce it with guns!

Attention all boaters, please avoid turtle strikes while boating. [beam]

David Collins

Someone correct me but I was under the impression that Beaufort docks is privately owned. Is it just the docks or the whole thing?

DeadBolt

I wouldn't know at this point, there are a few factors at play where as the land vs the water rights are concerned in specific laws.

ie: riparian rights.

I would imaging it is 'owned' by the 'TOWN' , and leased to transients, but, they have cut up so much land left to them for their purposes over the years that you would probably have to use the register of deeds office to see if there is a 'specific' owner of the water/ docks ?

Whats worse is that there are 2 adjacent properties that basically went rent free from the town for a decade or more, and these are not 'small' businesses, they were highly prized wealth gainers.

Based on some reviews from a few years back, the docks were the most expensive for about 200 miles for transients, but had a few tough comments regarding the staff.

It could be that the 'TOWN' owns the actual land/ boardwalk, which is simply that, a non moneymaking item, and an 'individual' leases/ owns the 'docks' that jut out from the boardwalk? ie: hence water rights and everything over the said water parts. In other words, the 2 parcels could very well be independent of one another?

The moneymaker in the scheme is the slip space. (not necessarily the boardwalk).

DeadBolt

The COOLEST small town.............

http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/classifieds/job/ad_e9a23d3a-9c0d-5f46-a87f-6a0cafa272de.html


Looking for temp intern's.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, wonder why they need more money to keep going then Morehead City?????

ie: their hiring temp interns with no benefits, why are your taxes going up?

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.