Currituck Board to address lawsuit implications

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The Currituck County Board of Commissioners will hold two special meetings to discuss a lawsuit, Costanzo et al v. Currituck County, that may impact the county’s use of occupancy tax funding.  A ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals on March 19, 2024, reversed a previous Superior Court decision that allowed Currituck County to use a portion of occupancy tax revenues to fund Corolla-based law enforcement, fire, and Emergency Medical Services personnel and equipment.


The Board of Commissioners will first meet on Friday, March 22, 2024, in a closed session with County Attorney Megan Morgan to receive a summary of the court’s ruling. Commissioners will discuss the legal options for the county moving forward.


A second special meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Commissioners will meet with county Administration, Legal, and Finance Department staff to analyze the financial implications of the ruling and discuss options the county may have to replace the occupancy tax funding, in order to maintain the current level of public safety services in Corolla. This meeting will also be held in a closed session as further discussions with the attorney will be included. The Commissioners will hold public meetings once a clear path forward has been worked out.