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A Closer Look at the Hatteras Village Pathway Referendum on the May 8 Ballot

Friday 20 April 2018 at 5:45 pm

By Joy Crist

Hatteras village residents will want to head to the polls on May 8, as there’s a special referendum on the ballot that’s been a long time in the works.

The “Pathway Referendum” will appear on ballots for Hatteras village residents only, and is a special “for” or “against” question that asks residents if they want to redistribute collected funds towards a new but long discussed project for the village – a multi-use walking path.

There’s a couple things to know about this referendum before casting a vote.

First and foremost, voting “for” the pathway referendum will not raise taxes. It simply allows money that was and is collected for one specific purpose, (i.e., the Community Center in Hatteras village), to be used for something new.

Here’s a little background on how this all works.

The Hatteras Village Community Center District is a special tax district in Hatteras Village that was established in 1981. The district is subject to a special ad valorem tax on all taxable real property for the purpose of maintaining and operating the Hatteras Community Center and other district owned properties.

Until recently, this money could only be used towards these properties alone, and not for other projects like the proposed multi-use pathways.

In 2017, House Bill 415 - which was championed by Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell – was drafted to address this issue, and to expand the ability to use these collected funds for other projects, with the multi-use pathways in mind. The Dare County Board of Commissioners also passed a Resolution on March 6, 2017, supporting this legislation.

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Is an Indoor Community Pool in Hatteras Island’s Future?

Friday 06 April 2018 at 11:01 pm

By JOY CRIST

At a public meeting with the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) in March, a number of controversial topics with varying viewpoints were brought to attention (i.e., beach nourishment.) Speakers would head to the podium to share their thoughts with the BOC, and were met with applause, the shaking of heads, or a general mixture of both.

However, there was one public comment that everyone in attendance appeared to agree with.

“How many of you want a pool?” the speaker asked the crowd at the Fessenden Center meeting, and just about everyone raised their hand in response.

Meet Anita Bills.

With a small and informal team of seven people, including herself, Anita is making major headway towards making the dream of an indoor and heated community pool come to fruition.

This is not the first time that a potential pool for islanders has been in the spotlight. In 2003 and 2004, the county conducted a survey across the island to see if locals would be interested in having an indoor pool that was open to the public. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the potential project made some fairly big steps. A

$400,000 donation was earmarked for the pool, blueprints were drafted in the mid-2000s, and early assessments were done for a possible locale next to the school.

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