THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
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Voluiw 3?, No. 33 USPS 428-080 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, August 18, 1983 20 CEN"
fUounty commissioners approve new sales tax I
>; By JACK GROVE
?? No opposition *u voiced against ?
5?ew Perquimans sales tax at the
' public hearing Monday night, but
disagreement surfaced as to how the
money should be spent.
The Perquimans County Com
missioners held the hearing in
.response to a new state law allowing
counties to levy an additional one
half cent per dollar sales tax. The
state now has a three cent sales tax
with an additional cent levied with
the county's option.
County finance officer Durwood
Reed told the group, "This county
would be one of the counties that
would get tremendous benefit from
this tax." He explained that larger
counties with much more sales
volume would benefit less and
generate much more in taxes since
these funds would be distributed by
the state to counties on a per capita
Reed said the present one cent
county-levied sales tax is returned to
the county and amounts to about
$100,000 to $105,000 annually. The new
tax, according to Reed, would bring
in an estimated annual total of
$167,700 in additional funds if all
John Matthews, county attorney,
told the group that the new law
provides that counties must allocate
40 percent of the new funds for
"public school capital outlay needs"
for the first five years. Thirty per
cent must be allocated for the same
purpose for the next five years.
He said after this ten year period,
these tax funds may be used for any
legal county needs.
Hertford and Winfall will also get a
share of these new tax funds on a per
capita basis, as they do now, ac
cording to Matthews.
The law provides that
municipalities must apply Uie same
percentages of the proceeds to sewer
and water systems for the same
period of time.
Counties were required to either
hold a public hearing or a public
referendum before the new tax could
Although no opposition to the new
sales tax was voiced at the hearing,
disagreement did surface on the
allocation of the proceeds. On August
1, the county Board of Education
passed a lesolution supporting the
new sales tax and requesting that the
county commissioners allocate all
tax proceeds to a capital reserve
fund for future school construction.
Danny Gregory of the Intercounty
Fire Department objected to the
Board of Education's proposal.
Gregory, speaking on behalf of the
county's 200 volunteer firemen, told
the commissioners, "We would
appreciate it if you would consider
$30,000 to be divided among the
county's fire departments."
Gregory said that surrounding
counties supported their fire
departments with public funds. He
said that in Chowan County $15,931 is
provided for the county fire depart
ments and that in addition, all their
equipment is county funded.
He stated the Edenton Fire
Department receives $39,000 while
Pasquotank departments receive
$35,000 and the Elizabeth City Fire
Department receives $110,000. In
Gates County with five departments,
each receives $6,000, Gregory said.
In contrast, Perquimans County
firemen have to use aging equipment
and solicit door to door for operating
funds, according to Gregory. "We
just don't feel like it would be fair to
give it all to the schools. Where would
any of you individuals' property be if
we couldn't respond to a fire?" he
School board chairman Clifford
Winslow rose to present his board's
position. While he said he had no
argument with the fireman's
presentation, he said the county had
a severe problem with the old high
school building erected in 1924. He
said, "There is no way we can patch
it up" and bring it up to safety
"Buildings are a vital part of that
whole concept of educational op
portunity. We'd just like you to know
our needs are there as well," Win
During its regular session
following the hearing, the county
commissioners formally adopted a
resolution imposing the new half-cent
According to Reed, the tax
becomes effected next October 1.
Retailers will collect it on the
following sales formula : less than ten
cents, no tax; 10-25 cents, one cent
tax; 26-53 cents, 2 cents; 54-75 cents, 3
cents; 76 to 95 cents, 4 cents; 96 cents
to $1.22, 5 cents.
All sales over $1.22 will have a
straight 4V4 percent sales tax with
the major fractions governing, said
In other business, the Board :
?approved a resolution to the state
Department of Transportation
requesting speed limits of 45 miles
per hour on the main road at Snug
Harbor and 35 mph on the secondary
?took no action on the leash law
request made by John Jennings,
president of the Snug Harbor
Property Owners Association.
heard Department of Social Ser
vices Director Paul Gregory report
that $1,500 budgeted to his depart
ment will be returned to the county
due to an unexpected receipt of ad
ditional federal funding.
?heard a proposal from Jerry
Moulton of Virginia Beach to develop
an 89 acre tract near Don Juan
Manufacturing in Hertford into a
recreational development and
campground. Moulton also proposed
to move his trucking business to the
?rejected a request from the
Pettigrew Regional Library for an
additional $12,299 as the county's
share of a regional requirement of
$39,479 to meet a state grant.
Apple pickin ' time
It's apple time again and
Anthony Jones selects Juicy
apples from the orchard of
Paige and Gil Underwood on
Highway 17 outside of Hert
ford. The orchard is boasting
a plentiful crop which is on
sale at The Orchard Shop.
(Photo by Val Short)
Extension offers women's magazine
| By VAL SHORT
? Jf you are ? "Woman in the World
of Work" between the agea of ? and
40, the Perquimans County Ex
tenaion Service has developed a
ttriea of publications Just for you. *
. The series of 13 publications in a
msg nine- type format, prepared by
fcQine economics specialists at North
Carolina State University, will be
available to all counties, beginning in
The magazine was piloted in 27
counties last year, with great suc
cess, according to Dr. Martha R.
Johnson, assistant director in charge
of home economics at NCSU.
"Although formal evaluations are
not In at this time, results have been
positive. There have been numerous
requests from women in the state as
well as out-of-state for this
publication," commented Dr.
The magazine, "Women in the
World of Work," will be available to
100 Perquimans working
homemakers upon request, ac
cording to Perquimans Home
Economics Agent Paige Underwood.
Mrs. Underwood said the
newsletter waa developed to reach a
group that has not been reached in
the past by the Extension Service.
"Through the magaxine, we will
try to help them with things they are
missing," said Mrs. Underwood.
Home Economist Juanita Bailey
said the maathly publication "gives
us another avenue of working with
women we are not able to reach and
it gives them an avenue of com
munication with us too."
According to Mrs. Bailey, the
magazine covers ? variety of topic
areas ? areas of concern to women
who are working and have families at
home. Growing older, child rearing,
food preparation, housekeeping
hints, energy conservation and all
home economics areas are covered
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Local business files suit
By VAL SHORT
Super Dollar Stores, lac. has tiled
suit In Perquimans County against a
Hertford businessman and town
councilman for allegedly violating a
Jessie Loo Furls, owner of Harris
Shopping Colter to Hertford, is
Jgphod the defendant in the suit in
Which (he plaintiff sileges that
Harris leased a building at the
shopping center to another variety
Store , two doors down from Super
Dollar, which violates the lease
agreement between Harris and
The attorneys for Variety
Wholesaler, the owners of the Sort
Discount at Harris Shopping Center,
during the August 22 session of
Superior Court in Pasquotank
According to papers filed in the
Perquimans Clerk of Court's office,
the injunction would prohibit the
"defendant from continuing any
lease arrangement or other contract
or understanding through or by
means of which Giant Variety Store,
now located in the Harris Shopping
Canter In Hertford, Is permitted to
occupy its present location ."
Super Dollar will also request
damages which resulted from the
alleged breach of lease and that all
court costs be paid by the defendant.
No set amount of damages was
School calendar amended
By VAL SHORT
The Perquimans County Board of
Edication has approved an amended
calendar for the coming year, which
designates specific days that
teachers may take annual leave.
The change became necessary
after the General Assembly ap
proved a bill which grants annual
leave to teachers on a basis of years
of service. According to Superin
tendent of Schools Pat Harrell, in the
past all teachers received 1.25 days
of annual leave per month.
With the new law^ teachers can
receive from one to 2.15 days per
month, depending upon their length
According to Harrell, problems
could arise if teachers chose not to
work on particular work days, such
as the first scheduled work day of the
Harrell said the new rate of annual
leave for teachers is based upon what
other state employees already earn.
With the new calendar and annual
leave policy adopted by the Board
Monday night, ten month employees
may choose to take annual leave on
designated days and they can ac
cumulate and carry over up to 30
days each year.
In other business, the Board
awarded both the milk and bread
contracts for the coming school year.
Sealtest was the lowest of the four
bids submitted for the milk contract.
Sealtest submitted the folowing fixed
bid: .1265 for half pints of whole, low
fat and chocolate milk; .1150 for half
pints of orange juice; Vi gallon of
orange juice, $1.10; and fruit punch,
16 ounce size, 20 cents.
Other companies bidding included,
Pet, Maola and Coble.,
According to LaClaire Rogerson,
who supervises the school foods
program, Perquimans students
consume approximately 1,600 car
tons of milk per day.
ITT's Continental Baking Com
pany (Wonder) was awarded the
bread contract, with the provision
that the Board have the right to
cancel if a significant price increase
The Franklin Company also bid on
The Board also accepted the 1983
84 school food prices, which will
remain as they were last year, ac
cording to Mrs. Rogerson. The
following prices were approved:
grades K-6, breakfast, 40 cents, lunch
80 cents; grades 7-12, breakfast, 45
cents, lunch, 90 cents; adults, break
fast, 65 cents, lunch, $1.25. Reduced
price meals for all grades will be 30
cents for breakfast and 40 cents for
Mrs. Rogerson reported that an
average of 550 student meals were
served during the Summer Feeding
Program. She also reported that the
county would receive an additional
five cents per plate from federal
In other business,
?the Board approved employment
of Wayne Simmon? as elementary
physical education teacher and
coach, and Patricia Miller as interim
teacher at Central School.
?the Board approved a policy -
allowing teachers to have a 30 minute
?the Board approved a decision to
request the Hertford Town Council to
allow a removable cable be installed
between school property and the
cemetery to enable cars to leave the
school grounds approximately five
times per year.
?the Board discussed a public
restroom project at the athletic field.
Support program expanded
By VAL SHORT
New legislation recently passed by
the North Carolina General
Assembly will enable all families to
participate in the Child Support
Enforcement Program announced
Dr. Sarah T. Morrow, Secretary of
In the past the majority of those
receiving this assistance from the
state were recipients of Aid to
Families with Dependent Children
According to Morrow, the new law,
which went into effect July 15, is
designed to ensure that all citizens
have access to the assistance
provided by the Child Support En
forcement Program regardless of
These support services are
available to Perquimans County
through the Albemarle Child Support
Enforcement Office, which serves
seven area counties.
According to supervisor Glenda
Blowe, the office has been assisting
AFDC clients with location of absent
parents, establishment of paternity
and collection of support payments.
Now this service will be available
to all other families, but for a fee.
According to Mrs. Blowe, a $20 ap
plication fee will be required plus an
hourly charge for staff and attorney
Dr. Morrow said, "I'm pleased that
our lawmakers have expanded this
excellent service to help families."
Morrow said child support en
forcement is one of North Carolina's
most cost-effective and productive
"During its eight year existence,
the state has located more than
107,000 absent parents through its
nationwide parent-locator system
and- collected support payments
totaling more than $84 million.
During fiscal year 1982-83 the
program has produced a return of
$2.14 for every dollar spent," she
The program was established by
Congress in 1975 to ensure that
responsible parents support their
children to the extent of their ability.
Brinn is on NCNB board
R. Timothy (Tim) Brinn has been
named to the city board of directors
(or NCNB Natinal Bank in. Hertford,
according to City Executive 0. B.
President of Brinn Family Farms,
Brinn was formerly director of the
East Carolina University Regional
Brinn has been active ia economic
and industrial development for
nearly 20 years, including service in
the East Carolina Institute beginning
in 1*70 and as executive director of
Development Inc. from XMM>.
He was recently appointed to the
State Board of Economic Develop
ment by Gov. Jim Hunt
Brinn earned an A.B. degree from
Duke, muter of arts degree from
East Carolina and an associate
degree in agricultural science from
Nash Technical Institute.
Ia addition, he has studied at the
McGill University Canada Arctic
Institute and NATO Defense College.
Brinn served in the Navy from 1941
to 1965 and retired with the rank of
During his service, he was resident
faculty member in the Economic
Capabilities and Resources
Management Department at the
Armed Forces Industrial College at
Fort licNalr, Washington, and head
of the Avionics Systems Branch for
the Bureau of Aeronautics, Research
and Development Division.
Active in professional and com
munity organisations, Brinn is a
member cf the Highway 17 Executive
Committee, Eastern N.C. Industrial
Developers Association, Eastern
N.C. Chamber of Commerce and a
former president of the N.C.
Managerial and Technical Assistant
He is married to Mary Alice
Catmrn Brinn of Columbia, N. C. and
they have At* children.
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