Carolina Beach proposed tax taken off budget after residents speak out

The town of Carolina Beach is working to reconfigure its budget after a proposed municipal service district was rejected Tuesday.

The municipal service district would have added a tax of five cents per every $100 of valuation to property owners along the Carolina Beach boardwalk and marina. The measure was rejected on a 4-1 vote with council member Lynn Barbee voting in favor of the district. The district was proposed as part of the town’s budget and would bring in an estimated $70,000.

The town currently spends more than $200,000 each year providing services to the boardwalk area alone. Those services include pressure washing sidewalks and providing an increased police presence, among other things, according Carolina Beach Town Manager Bruce Oakley.  

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