Sampson County's Board of Commissioners adopted, 3-2, a tax hike for the 2014-15 budget this morning in a surprise move that shocked those there expecting to discuss 5 percent across-the-board cuts to departmental budgets.
The financial plan, whose formal adoption is expected to be a formality Wednesday evening, would come with a 4.5 cent property tax hike, whittled down from a proposed 9 cents.
The meeting, called at 9 a.m. to begin a day-long whittling away of budgetary items, hadn't been opened long when the motion came to adopt the tax hike.
Commissioners Albert Kirby and Harry Parker, both Democrats, cast the dissenting votes. Colleague Jarvis McLamb, who initially voted for the 5 percent across-the-board cuts, sided with other Republican commissioners in the 3-2 vote.
See more later at www.clintonnc.com and an update in Thursday's Sampson Independent.