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.Read More