Moyock Watershed Management Survey
Currituck County is seeking input about stormwater management from the Moyock Watershed Service District (the District). Properties located in the District pay a supplemental tax of 1.5 cents per $100 of tax value which tax generates $18,751 annually. The county uses this funding for ditch maintenance of the major drainage ways within the District.
Currituck County is contacting property owners in the District to determine if there is support for a tax increase to receive a higher level of service.
To improve drainage and provide a higher level of service in the District, additional projects need to be funded. The district is proposing a 3.5 cents tax increase (5 cents total tax). This will generate $62,502 every year for regular ditch maintenance along with larger drainage projects to help better manage the major drainage ways. Projects such as ditch widening and sediment removal could be funded, as well as studies for improved performance of the District’s overall drainage system.
This is an important survey that could impact the amount of property tax you pay. The Board of Commissioners will review the results of the survey before a change in the tax rate is considered.
Please take a minute to complete our brief survey about this potential tax increase.
Moyock Watershed Service District Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is Currituck County studying the feasibility of increasing the current stormwater tax?
Present funding provides for minor maintenance and debris removal projects.
The proposed tax rate will allot money for improvement projects, such as:
- engineered studies,
- ditch widening,
- and sediment removal
that will facilitate improved drainage.
- What does this mean to me as a typical homeowner?
For a typical house and lot valued at $250,000, the current 1.5 cent tax costs $37.50 per year.
($250,000/$100) x $0.015 = $37.50.
For a 5 cent tax, the cost on the same house and lot would be $125.00 per year. This is in addition to the 48 cents regular County-wide tax.
- What area does the District cover?
The map outlines the area of the district.
- Who maintains drainage ways (ditches) now?
Funds from the district are used by the county to maintain ditches.
- Will the District maintain stormwater systems in subdivisions?
The State of North Carolina requires subdivisions built after 1993 to build and maintain their own stormwater systems. Older subdivisions may also have internal ditches.
The intent of the District is to improve and maintain major drainage ways leading away from the subdivisions and keep the subdivisions responsible for the ditches located within their boundary.
- Who decides which ditches get cleaned?
The county will prioritize improvements with input from the citizens through the Stormwater Advisory Board appointed by the Currituck County Board of Commissioners