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Oak Island considers raising taxes to pay for beach renourishment

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 9:25 PM EDT
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OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WITN) - Several coastal communities are struggling to pay for more beach renourishment projects.

In Oak Island, officials are considering raising taxes to pay for the projects. They say tax administrators would base the tax on the resident’s land size and not the home’s value on that property.

Many residents say the county or state should help pay for part of the project.

They’re also urging council members to find a way to have visitors share the cost since they enjoy the beach as well.

“The beaches are public, and the current proposal overtaxes at an extreme rate on the front row. So, many people are outraged at the fact that it’s not equal because the public beach is equally enjoyed by everybody. Not just Oak Island or neighboring counties, but also the whole state of North Carolina,” resident Beatrice Hair said.

Several other beach towns in Eastern Carolina are having similar debates.

Many towns have instituted paid parking at beaches to make up for some of the renourishment costs.

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