Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County statement in response to Environmental Working Group January 2020 report

01.22.2020

Brunswick County began an extensive testing program for PFAS contaminants when academic studies revealed the presence of multiple PFAS in its drinking water, testing a suite of PFAS contaminants on a weekly basis. Brunswick County’s water samples have continuously remained below the EPA’s established health advisory levels for PFOA + PFOS and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ established provisional health goal for GenX, however the combined levels of all PFAS is concerning and the County continues to test and monitor for most known PFAS compounds and GenX during its routine testing.

At this time, the EPA does not have an established health goal for several of the other compounds listed in this report that are contributing to the overall 185.9 ppt sample level, however the PFOA + PFOS and GenX sample levels in this report are also below the provisional health goals mentioned above. Due to the fact that little or no study has been done on the health effects of combined PFAS or many of these individual PFAS found in the source water, Brunswick County has taken a proactive approach to install the most protective water treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant to remove these contaminants.

Brunswick County’s leadership recognizes that high quality water is of paramount importance to our customers and residents and agree that reverse osmosis is the most effective PFAS removal technology, which is why the Board of Commissioners and county administration are embarking on a project to install an advanced low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, as well as increase capacity at the plant to support the county’s growth. Brunswick County Public Utilities has been working diligently with engineers at CDM-Smith and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to design, permit and build an economical low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the plant for the benefit of all Brunswick County water users.

Low-pressure reverse osmosis is considered one of the most advanced and effective methods to treat and remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In April 2018, the County conducted two rounds of testing on a pilot low-pressure reverse osmosis system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. The results showed that low-pressure reverse osmosis reduced most PFAS including GenX to undetectable levels, essentially removing all the components.

Not only do pilot studies indicate that low-pressure reverse osmosis is the most effective advanced treatment method for PFAS removal, but they also indicate that it is the most economical advanced treatment option for the removal of high percentages of PFAS at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. Most previous studies focus on the high-energy cost when using reverse osmosis for the treatment of saline or brackish water, but the cost is considerably less when used to treat fresh water for PFAS contaminants, especially short-chain PFAS.

All of the County’s water sample test reports are available to the public at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/genx/

Brunswick County would notify customers and residents should any of its test samples exceed the health advisory levels established for PFOA + PFOS or GenX.

Personal Property

Tax Rates

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Forms & Documents

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Real Property

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Payment

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Personal Property

Taxable non-business personal property includes but is not limited to – watercraft, mobile homes, aircraft and vehicles. This includes registered motor vehicles as well as unregistered motor vehicles.

Businesses are required to list all personal property (e.g., machinery, equipment, furniture, cash registers, etc.) used in connection with their business.

The deadline for listing personal property is January 31, and a 10% penalty is applied if the property is not timely listed. Businesses may request an extension, however the request for an extension must be received in the tax office by January 31.

Personal Property Listing Form(PDF)

Mobile Home Moving Permit

MyDMV Portal
 – MyDMV is the NC Division of Motor Vehicles online portal that lets you view and manage details about your driver license and vehicle registration

Motor Vehicle Gap Billing FAQ (PDF)

Additional Forms and Documents

VEHICLE TAG & TAX TOGETHER PROGRAM

In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection system. The law transfers responsibility of motor vehicle tax collection to the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV). This Tag & Tax Together program was designed as a convenient way to pay annual vehicle tag renewals and property taxes in one transaction.

Beginning with renewal notices mailed in July 2013 and due in September 2013, registration and property tax were sent in a combined notice.

VEHICLE TAX FAQ

WHEN IS MY VEHICLE TAX DUE?

Your vehicle tax will be due at the same time you renew your registration. North Carolina law now requires that your vehicle property tax be paid in order to renew the vehicle registration. The due date will be printed on the new combined notice that you receive in the mail.

CAN I RENEW MY VEHICLE REGISTRATION IF I DO NOT PAY MY PROPERTY TAX?

No. You cannot renew your vehicle’s registration, whether it is leased or owned, unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid in full.

AM I PAYING VEHICLE PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE COMING YEAR OR FOR THE PRECEDING YEAR?

Taxes due on the notice are for the coming year and cover the same period as the vehicle registration.

WHAT IF I LEASE MY VEHICLE? DO I NEED TO PAY MY PROPERTY TAXES TO THE LEASING COMPANY?

No. Vehicle property taxes on leased motor vehicles must be paid in full at the time of renewal. A copy of the combined tag and tax notice will now be sent to the vehicle lessee rather than the leasing company.

IS INTEREST CHARGED ON LATE PAYMENTS?

Yes. State law requires that interest be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and on late registration renewals.

HOW WILL I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF VEHICLE PROPERTY TAX THAT I OWE?

Your property tax amount will be included on the new combined notice along with your county and municipal tax rates.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN A STATEMENT OF THE PROPERTY TAXES I PAID?

Vehicle property taxes paid to the NC DMV at the time of registration are not available on the county’s web site. To obtain a statement of the property taxes paid for your vehicle, call the NC DMV at 919-814-1779 or email your request to their service center.

WILL I RECEIVE A TAX REFUND IF I TRANSFER MY LICENSE PLATE TO ANOTHER VEHICLE DURING THE YEAR?

No. If you have paid your vehicle property tax for the year and then transfer the license plate to another vehicle, you will not be eligible for a refund of the taxes paid. The registered motor vehicle to which the plates are transferred will not be taxed until its current registration is renewed.

WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR A REFUND OF VEHICLE PROPERTY TAXES PAID?

An owner can apply for a refund of taxes paid when a motor vehicle is sold or registered out of state. The refund will be calculated on any full calendar months remaining in the registration period after the license plate is surrendered to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Any municipal vehicle tax assessed in accordance with NC General Statute 20-97 is not subject to proration or refund. Within one year of surrendering the license plates, the owner must present the following to the county tax office: (1) Proof of plate surrender to NCDMV (DMV Form FS20); and (2) Copy of the Bill of Sale or the new state’s registration.

WILL I HAVE TO PAY VEHICLE PROPERTY TAX IF I AM ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY?

Active duty non-resident military personnel may be exempt from North Carolina motor vehicle property tax. To qualify for an exemption, you must present a copy of your Leave & Earnings Statement (LES) to the county tax office. The statement should be for the month and year in which you register the vehicle and must include your Estimated Time of Separation (ETS) date and a home of record other than North Carolina. Military spouses may also qualify for exemption if their home of record is the same as the service member’s. In addition to providing a copy of the LES as described above, spouses must provide a copy of their military I.D. card and a copy of their out-of-state driver’s license, voter registration card or most current state tax return.

DAVID R. SANDIFER BUILDING

GENERAL INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS

30 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
DAVID R. SANDIFER BUILDING
FIRST FLOOR

(910) 253-2829
(800) 527-9001
taxadmin@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

REAL PROPERTY APPRAISAL

30 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
DAVID R. SANDIFER BUILDING
FIRST FLOOR

(910) 253-2811
taxadmin@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

COLLECTIONS

30 GOVERNMENT CENTER DRIVE
DAVID R. SANDIFER BUILDING
FIRST FLOOR

(910) 253-2729
(800) 222-0593
revenue@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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