In recent years the North Carolina state legislature enacted legislation that made it virtually impossible for municipalities to choose to annex areas within their ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction). Over time, this meant that our town boundaries did not grow as they normally would, and we collect taxes from far fewer residents and businesses than we would have had the law not changed in 2012. This situation is unlikely to change in the near future. We, and other towns across North Carolina, are faced with the reality of either raising additional revenue through increased taxes or fees or by cutting, or planning to curtail, various expenditures and services (or some combination of both). The following set of questions is intended to assess your priorities on this front.


* 1. Which of the following categories best describes your Swansboro residency status? Check all that apply

* 2. Do you own a business within town limits?

* 3. Do you feel that your property taxes for municipal services are?

* 4. Which of the following services/purchases would you be most willing to pay an increase in taxes/fees for? (Check all that apply)

* 5. If the town were force to freeze or reduce expenditures to achieve a balance budget, which of the following town services or departments do you think should be frozen/reduced in funding first?