That's due to a five to four vote by county commissioners Tuesday night. The property taxes will increase one cent to a total seventy one cents per one hundred dollars of property value. The ad valorem tax generated sixty one million dollars last fiscal year. This year, the board needed funds for public schools, Pitt County College and the Sheriff's Office among other programs. Pitt county resident, Tom Martin says though these are important issues and programs, asking more for taxes is just too much. Though one penny doesn't seem like a large increase, it means a home valued at one hundred thousands dollars would have to pay ten more dollars in taxes to the county.
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