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HOKE COUNTY, NC, March 27, 2022–Written by Lent C. Carr, II for Hoke County Commissioner


Let’s first start with a tax scheme recently introduced in which most Hoke Countians missed under the fog of “INCREASED PROPERTY VALUATIONS.” I must admit Property Re-Evaluation in some instances jumping from as low as $75,000.00 to a whopping $150,000.00 sounds like you’ve hit the lottery!

Notwithstanding, while that $150,000.00 higher value of your Home, or some other figure combination procured and ratified by the current Commission Board; moved on to their hand picked Property Valuation Consultant Contractor, and then implemented by Hoke County’s Tax Assessors Office—then mailed out to Taxpayers seemed to be exactly what some of us needed amid Covid-19 and man made inflations across the board— the truth of the matter is We The People we’re duked by a Board who were Elected to enact policies reflective of the Will of We The People! That is, however until common sense citizens and Candidate Lent C. Carr, II for Hoke County Commissioner, did some true critical thinking and voiced opposition.

It was (Get Prepared for the Bomb) pointed out that such higher valuations was cunningly crafted by Commissioners who are known to not prioritize and evaluate the spendings of our Tax Dollars so long as they’re out of control “Pork Spending” of our hard earned Taxes funds their special interests. Here’s the bombshell folks—the increased valuations are nothing less than another HIDDEN TAX on the citizens. How so one may ask? Simply put; if your yearly tax bracket for your property was hypothetically $2000, and now following said increase value of your property, let’s just say your property was previously valued at $500,000.00; increased under this taxing scheme to $1 Million Dollars— next year instead of paying $2000,00 in Taxes, you’ll be required to pay The Tax Collector’s Office $4,000.00 in assessed taxes!!! That’s right; it doubled! CONGRATULATIONS, you’ve just been Taxed unwittingly and unbeknownst to you the Tax Payer!!! Tough right?

Now here’s more dire repercussions weighed, not on the five (5) member autocratic governing Commission body whose job it is to protect and grow the citizen’s interest (maybe excluding one Commission Member) as The Stakeholders here— three of which are up for re-election (HARRY SUTHERLAND, TONY HUNT and ALLEN THOMAS) in the event you are not planning to sell your Home in the foreseeable future, you are now the unsuspecting victim of a HIDDEN TAX INCREASE!! On the other hand, such increase of value of your property may seem to be a win win because you now have a buyer who’ve gone to his/her mortgage lender or bank with this newly bloated value of your property for Financing— here’sthe reality, that lender is going to independently have your property valued and will inform the potential buyer “it’s a no go.” Reason being, overvaluation induced through an outdated taxing valuation procedures that’s over 10 years or more behind NC’s other 99 County’s implementation of innovative tax value software and systems that’s more reliable. Your short lived Pyrrhic victory, (meaning you’ve won the war but lost the battle) then has evolved into Tax Monster that will under the current regime (if te-elected) will prevail for only God knows how long.

It is worth noting that this out of control oligarchy Commisdion Board, having been caught red handed, at the March 7, 2022, Commissioner’s meeting blamed everyone else except themselves for this over valuing tax scheme. Even having been told that Hoke County needed to upgrade its valuation system by the very Contractor in which they paid $50,000.00 out of our Taxpayer’s coffers, the Chair of the Board, Allen Thomas, had the degrading nerve to go as far as to imply it was the fault of the very contractor this Board hired by reason of his being “Elderly, (who by the way had exited the meeting) possibly ill either physically or psychologically,” and recommended that maybe the Board needed to bring in an additional form to check behind the Elderly Gentleman in whom again the Board contracted for additional findings of other properties overvalued. Shame on you Mr. Allen, and pertinent board members who acquiesced such a debasing statement by nod or deafening silence. As a responsible Leader— that board would have better served the citizens, and themselves by making it abundantly clear “THAT THE BUCK STOPS HERE” as they do on other matters productive in which they didn’t champion for years, nor support i.e, building a much needed Traditional High School— a promise to the citizens in which they’ve already FLIPPED FLOPPED on before one vote has been casted for the primary and general election; the building of a new Courthouse in which the State reprimanded them for, and intervened by Granting Hoke County $31 Million Dollars towards just last week where snakes and a tree had grown because it was so old, and the list goes on and on. Isn’t it quite questionable that none of these essentials priorities could not be done, excepting at re-election time? You be the judge.

One must ask wHy the attempted Tax hike via overvaluations of Property? Could it be that this Board realizes, though a bit too late that their entering into an ADJUSTABLE RATE BOND in contravention to a FIXED RATE BOND for the $27 Million Dollars (and growing) they signed in the name of every TaxPaying Hoke Countian—up until 2050 or beyond for a swimming pool no one can get into due to Covid-19’s continual evolution???? And no, I am not in opposition to building recreation facilities for our youth; I am actually a proponent thereof— but again, they’ve flipped flopped on the usage from what they claimed it was being built for (Our Community Youth) to justifying it by now claiming it was built for our Hoke Swim Team. What can we believe now and following Election???? Do we gamble any longer with the current Board, or do we change trajectory that’s built upon priorities, transparency and continuity??? Well, We The People (Voters) must decide in staying with the status quo, or otherwise do what we should have done years earlier; scrap that secret society board and elect candidates like Lent C. Carr, II for Hoke County Commissioner, who will follow the Will of, for and by The People? The choice is stark, and the choice is yours. Decide wisely.

In connection with the above taxes— let’s not forget what this Commission Board has demonstrated as part of their philosophical mandates:

Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table,

At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work,

Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.

Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.

Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways in taxing—even if you must tax his rear.

Tax all he has Then let him know

That you won't be done Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid...

Put these words Upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom...'

When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Excise Taxes

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)

Gross Receipts Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Personal Property Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Tax

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax

Recreational Vehicle Tax

Sales Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Taxes

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation and county was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'autocratic politicians?'

I hope this blog goes viral around HOKE COUNTY and THE USA at least 5 Million times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


And remember, the only interest group they do not want taxed in this manner is the 1% elite club representative by this current aristocracy branded Hoke County Commissioner’s Board.

All Rights Reserved— Lent C. Carr, II for Hoke County Commissioner 2022

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