This is the time of year when property owners are receiving those dreaded tax bills, but did you know:
The property tax rates for the Town of Surf City and the Town of Holly Ridge are both .41 cents per $100?
The Town of Surf City has an annual budget of $13,458,929. Of this budget, the police department receives $1,668,708 which is just over 12 percent of the budget. If you call the police department (910-328-7711) after 5 p.m. a dispatcher from Pender County answers to help you.
The Town of Holly Ridge has an annual budget of approximately $2,018,391. Of this budget, the police department receives $761,020 which is nearly 38 percent of the budget. If you call the police department (910-329-4076) after 5 p.m. (or on weekends or holidays) it just rings.
The Town of Surf City has a fire department budget of $850,444 (about half of the police budget).
The Town of Holly Ridge gives a donation of $152,000 to its fire department (don’t worry, next year it’s scheduled to drop to $102,000). This donation is approximately 19 percent of the police budget. They also give a $2,000 donation to Turkey Creek Fire Department, which will now serve all of Summer House.
Who else receives a Holly Ridge donation? The Holly Ridge Parks and Rec department gets $2,200; the fireworks display gets $10,000; and the community center building gets $9,500..
Oddly enough, John Maiorano (town manager and police chief) will receive a $2,000 bonus this year (which equates to almost 80 percent of the park and rec donation).
The Town of Surf City appropriated $2,798,150 toward its community center and sports program for its citizens with year-round activities day and night. Go team!
Knowledge is power and knowing what your dollar gets you is something each and every taxpayer should be aware of. Ignorance is what gets society in trouble. Know your numbers and make them count!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.