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Tax office clarifies change in procedures
regarding return of Tax Listing Forms

For 2019, the Orange County Tax Office has modified its procedures for returning Tax Listing Forms. In previous years, residents who did not have any real property changes to report did not have to take action upon receiving the form from the tax office.

This year, however, the tax office included different instructions asking all taxpayers to return the form, even if there are no changes to report, to help the tax office verify addresses and ensure homeowners are aware of the listed value of their property.

“Those with no changes to their real estate have not been asked to return the form in prior years,” said Orange County Tax Administrator Dwane Brinson. “This year we asked everyone to return the form.” Personal Property is required to be listed every year as well.

Brinson said his office made the change because many taxpayers had been confused in recent years if they needed to return the form. Some did when they didn’t need to, and others didn’t when they were required to.

Orange County Administrative Offices closed Monday for MLK Day

Orange County Administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, with the following exceptions:
  • Orange County Solid Waste Management will pick up recycling as normal. Please have bins curbside by 7 a.m.
  • Carolina Dialysis Carrboro route will operate as normal on Monday, but all other Orange County Public Transportation routes will be closed. Normal service will resume Tuesday..
  • Animal Control staff will monitor the drop-off box, and an animal control officer will be available to respond to any animal-related emergency calls received by 9-1-1.
First Lady Kristen Cooper and others
(L-R) NC Arts Council Director Wayne Martin, Music Maker Relief Foundation Managing Director Denise Duffy, Orange County Arts Commission Director Katie Murray, First Lady Kristin Cooper, Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Susi Hamilton, Music Maker Relief Foundation President Tim Duff

First Lady Kristin Cooper visits Hillsborough to learn about music, arts scene

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper visited Hillsborough on Jan. 10 to learn about the prolific music and arts scene existing in Orange County. She was joined by Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Susi Hamilton and representatives from the North Carolina Arts Council. 

The day began with presentations by Music Maker Foundation Managing Director Denise Duffy and Orange County Arts Commission Director Katie Murray. The First Lady, Secretary Hamilton, and Wayne Martin of the NC Arts Council were then interviewed on Hillsborough’s local radio station WHUP. The group received a tour of record distributor Redeye Worldwide’s office and warehouse in West Hillsborough and ended the day with a meet and greet with local dignitaries at Volume, a bar and record shop in Downtown Hillsborough.

The visit was part of the First Lady’s pledge to visit arts and cultural sites in all 100 North Carolina counties by 2020. In addition, it celebrated the kick-off of the Come Hear NC campaign, an initiative of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the NC Arts Council, celebrating 2019 as NC’s “Year of Music.” The campaign was created to promote and share stories of the musical artists, past and present, across the state that have greatly influenced and are still contributing to the music scene across America. 

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Orange County to host low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on January 19

Orange County Animal Services will host its next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

These clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations.

The clinic will offer 1-year and 3-year vaccinations for $10. Pet owners will need to have a previous rabies certificate in hand to receive the 3-year vaccine. A tag alone is not sufficient. This upcoming clinic will take place on the following date:
  • Saturday, January 19th, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC
Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $35 each, including registration fees. Owners can choose to have a pet receive only a microchip, only a rabies vaccine, or both. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.
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Donations, volunteers needed to help count people experiencing homelessness

On Wednesday, January 30, Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness (OCPEH) staff and volunteers will fan out across Orange County to locate and count every person living unsheltered. This is part of the annual homeless Point-in-Time count, a way to track the numbers of people experiencing homelessness and their demographics. The OCPEH is soliciting volunteers and donations to help with this year’s count.

Each year, the Partnership uses volunteers to help with the count – there are day and evening shifts available between January 30 and February 5 and training is provided. Each person experiencing homelessness is given a bag with toiletries and other supplies, and folks can donate these as well. Sign up to volunteer or donate on the Partnership website.

NCDOT announces date for public info session on I-40 widening

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed widening of 11.4 miles of I-40 between I-85 and the Durham County Line in Orange County.

The interstate would be widened by one lane in each direction to bring the highway up to three lanes each way, improving traffic flow along that corridor and helping relieve heavy congestion that develops during commuter times. The project would also improve the N.C. 86 exit and sections of that highway for several hundred feet both north and south of the interchange.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at the Passmore Center-Great Hall located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough from 4-7 p.m. The public may attend at any time during the meeting hours. Please note there will be no formal presentation.

Maps of the proposed plans as well as project team members will be available to answer your questions and receive feedback. All comments will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or may be done via phone, email, or mail no later than Feb. 8.

As information becomes available, it may be viewed at the NCDOT Public Meeting Webpage.
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