Camden OKs budget with tax hike


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CAMDEN — The average homeowner in Camden will pay $63 more next year in property taxes and another $1 more a month for county sewer service as a result of Camden commissioners’ approval of next year’s county budget.

The budget for fiscal year 2018-19 that commissioners approved June 4 increases the county property tax rate by 3 cents and the monthly sewer rate for residential customers by $1. Those using more water than average also will pay slightly more a month, while commercial sewer customers will see their sewer bill go up by $2 a month. 

Under the spending plan, which takes effect July 1, the county’s property tax rate will rise from 72 cents per $100 valuation to 75 cents. The average Camden homeowner, based on an average home valuation of $212,000, will pay $63 a year more in property taxes under the plan. 

The $12.5 million Camden general fund budget also uses $250,000 from the county’s fund balance.

Top departmental expenditures in the budget include $1.8 million for the Sheriff’s Office; $1.1 million for capital outlay and debt service; $457,965 for public works and buildings and grounds; $455,274 for planning and inspections; and $240,877 for the Register of Deeds Office.

Among the non-departmental spending in the budget is $2.6 million for Camden County Schools operations and $295,000 for school capital outlay; $529,973 for the county’s share of the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services budget; $304,173 for Camden’s shares for Pasquotank-Camden Central Communications and Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management; and $337,015 for the county’s share for Albemarle District Jail.

The 2019-19 budget increases water rates for those using more than the minimum amount.

The monthly base water rate remains unchanged, and the usage rate for customers using between 2,001 and 5,000 gallons a month remains at $5.50 per 1,000 gallons.

For customers using between 5,001 and 10,000 gallons, however, the rate will be $6.20 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of 20 cents. For the next 5,000 gallons used, the rate increases by 30 cents to $6.90 per 1,000 gallons.

For customers using between 15,001 and 20,000 gallons, the rate increases by 40 cents — to $7.60 per 1,000 gallons. The rate is $8.30 per 1,000 gallons — an increase of 50 cents —for customers using 20,001 gallons and up.

The bulk water rate rises to $6.91 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of 27 cents. Bulk water rate users are typically contractors and others not charged a standard rate. 

The base rate for all residential customers using up to 2,000 gallons of sewer service increases by $1 a month — from $28 to $29. Commercial customers using up to 2,000 gallons of sewer service, meanwhile, will see their base rate rise by $2 a month — from $38 to $40.

Residential sewer rates are now $7.50 per 1,000 gallons for usage between 2,000 and 5,000 gallons; $8.20 per 1,000 gallons for usage between 5,001 and 10,000 gallons; $8.90 per 1,0000 gallons for usage between 10,001 and 15,000 gallons; $9.60 per 1,000 for usage between 15,001 and 20,000 gallons; and $10.30 per 1,000 gallons for usage of 20,001 gallons and up.

Commercial sewer rates follow the same increments and will be $8.50; $9.20; $9.90; $10.60; and $11.30.