Duck Town Council Approves Proposed Municipal Service Districts

Duck Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the establishment of two proposed Municipal Service Districts (MSDs) related to the Town of Duck Beach Nourishment Project.  The formula for payment of the debt associated with the Beach Nourishment Project was approved as the 20-40-40 plan.  Using this structure, 20% will be paid through the Town’s General Fund (no additional tax will be levied by the Council), 40% will be paid by MSD A which consists of all properties located within the project area, from oceanfront to sound (oceanfront and non-oceanfront), and 40% will be paid by MSD B consisting of the oceanfront properties within the project area.  The project area extends 1.7 miles and is located between the Army Corps of Engineers property north to 140 Skimmer Way.

The MSDs were approved by council following the public hearing held at 7:00 p.m. during the regular Duck Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  Three attendees gave comments during the public hearing.  Over 50 members of the community were present for the public hearing.

A Municipal Service District (MSD) is a tax district where property owners in the district are taxed at a higher rate to fund improvements (in this case beach nourishment) that are of a direct benefit to property owners in the affected district.  It is estimated that the additional tax per year for oceanfront property owners will be $0.463 ($0.148 in MSD A and $0.315 cents in MSD B) and for non-oceanfront property owners the additional tax will be $0.148 (in MSD A).  It is important to note that the amount of tax paid is directly related to the assessed value of the property as determined by the Dare County Tax Assessor’s office as the tax levied is based on each $100 of a property’s value.   The approved MSDs will become effective on July 1, 2015.

For additional information on the Town of Duck’s Beach Nourishment project, please visit or call 252.255.1234.

View a video of the meeting below (also available on the town’s YouTube Channel, DuckPR):