Lucy Nelson / WCTI NewsChannel 12

NC - Cost of beach renourishment could double resident property taxes

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, Onslow County — Taxes for property owners in the Town of North Topsail Beach could potentially double if a solution isn’t figured out by the county and the city on who is going to help fund the federal beach renourishment project.

Town Manager Dave Gilbride says that unless the county is going to help offset this $150 million project, the town may have no other option.

"Onslow County turned a blind eye to this cash cow out here," said resident Stuart Gilman.

The cash cow Stuart Gilman is referring to is the occupancy tax the county collects from tourists and renters.

Leonard Fitzwater feels the same way. He owns a house on the shoreline.

“As a matter of fact, I pay Onslow County twice," he said. "I believe it’s about 6 percent of my income goes right to their pockets."

Now, there's a chance property taxes could more than double.

Gilbride is asking the county to allow them to keep all the money in order to pay the town's portion of the federal beach renourishment project.

"That's money that's generated here, and it goes over to Jacksonville and it never comes back," said Gilbride.

Vice-Chairman of the Onslow County Board of Commissioners Tim Foster says the funds are distributed to all areas of the county, and it would not be fair to the rest of the citizens of Onslow County to let North Topsail Beach keep the half they owe the county.

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