Onslow County residents will now see a property tax increase.
Hundreds turned out Monday night in Jacksonville to the board of commissioners meeting to voice their opinion on several proposed cuts, including the elimination of sheriff deputies, closing libraries and parks and rec programs.
Public comment opposing those cuts dominated the evening. In the end, the commissioners voted to adopt the original $155 million dollar budget and a 8.7 cent property tax increase for citizens without the additional cuts.
The county cut more than 70 positions in May. The county said it needed to make up 10 million dollars, and could either raise taxes or cut further programs and more county jobs.
The current tax rate is 50.3 cents per $100 valuation. The new rate will be 59 cents per $100 valuation.