Posted July 30, 2022
This is an official notice of an election to be conducted in GRANVILLE County on 11/08/2022. This notice contains a list of all of the ballot measures and federal, State, and local offices this county expects, as of this date, to be on the ballot on the date of the election. (See Attachment)
An Election Notice will be prepared not later than 100 days before a regularly scheduled election that permits absentee voting, and as soon as practicable in the case of an election or vacancy election not regularly scheduled. For a second primary, an Election Notice will be prepared, no later than the day following the date the appropriate board of elections orders that a second primary be held.
As soon as ballot styles are printed, this county board of elections will update this notice with the certified candidates for each office and ballot measures and referenda questions that will be on the ballot. For General Elections during even-numbered years, ballots will be printed 60 days prior to the election. For statewide primaries and other elections (except municipal elections), ballots will be printed 50 days prior to the election. Municipal ballots are available 30 days prior to Election Day. You must request an updated Election Notice.
Transmitting a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:
This notice may be used in conjunction with the federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB). Covered military & overseas voters seeking to vote by absentee ballot may use the FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote an official military-overseas ballot. When using the FWAB to register to vote, and/or request an absentee ballot, please transmit your signed and completed FWAB no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day. If submitted later than this day and time, your absentee ballot will not be counted. Federal write-in absentee ballots are available at the NCSBE website. You may also request a regular absentee ballot by using the federal postcard application (FPCA), available at this link. A regular ballot can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you. You may return the FWAB or a regular absentee ballot by mail, secure fax (1-919-715-0351) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Marking a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:
When marking a FWAB, for each office for which you wish to vote, write in either a candidate’s name or political party designation. For ballot measures or referenda, write either “YES” (you are for the ballot measure or referendum) or “NO” (you are against the ballot measure or referendum). In a primary, if you are registered as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, for partisan contests, you may only vote for the candidates of the party for which you are affiliated. You are also eligible to vote for non-partisan contests. If you are registered as unaffiliated (“independent”), in a primary, you may choose to vote for the partisan contests of one of the parties or you may choose to vote for non-partisan contests only. Please contact your local board of elections to confirm your party affiliation or voter registration status.
Please check the website for the NC State Board of Elections for additional information on military-overseas absentee voting.
Follow this link for the full notice.
Posted July 28, 2022
Posted July 27, 2022
Posted July 20, 2022
Beginning July 1 with the opening of a new fiscal year for Granville County Government, fire departments throughout the county will now receive funding from a dedicated funding stream via the Granville County Fire Protection and Rescue Service District. This district includes all the unincorporated areas of Granville County as well as the Town of Stovall and took effect on July 1 after several months of public meetings and deliberation by the Board of County Commissioners following the completion of an in-depth study by the NC Fire Chief’s Consulting firm. All revenues generated by taxes collected from this district must be spent on fire and rescue services and cannot be used for other county services. The district will help protect the health and safety of all Granville County residents by providing a dedicated and sustainable funding source for the county’s volunteer fire departments and ensure that all residents receive professional fire protection services when needed no matter where they live in the county.
Before this district was established, there was not a dedicated funding source for fire departments in Granville County. This made it exceedingly difficult for the county and all fire departments to plan for capital expenses (like trucks and stations) as well as the annual expenses needed to operate each department (standard equipment, training, utilities, etc.). The Board of Commissioners recognized that fire departments throughout the county are facing a host of distinct challenges that would need sound and thoughtful financial planning. One of these future challenges is staffing, which may be required by the NC Department of Insurance to keep fire insurance affordable and have firefighters ready when emergencies occur.
Below, readers will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Fire Protection and Rescue Service District.
Q: Is my property in the district?
A: The district includes all properties in unincorporated Granville County as well as the entirety of the Town of Stovall. Those who reside within the municipal limits of the Town of Butner, City of Creedmoor, City of Oxford, and Town of Stem are not in the Fire Protection and Rescue Service District and are not subject to the applicable district tax.
Q: How will this affect my annual tax bill?
A: If you own property within the district, there will be an assessed tax of $0.06 per $100 valuation. In other words, the owner of a property valued at $100,000 would see an increase of $60 on their annual tax bill.
Q: How much funding will this raise for fire protection and rescue services?
A: This $0.06 tax is expected to bring in $1,875,733 in fiscal year 2022-2023. Once again, this funding will only be used to fund fire protection and rescue services. The county is prohibited from utilizing this funding for any other purpose.
Q: How much funding will each fire department in Granville County receive this fiscal year?
A: Fire Departments will receive a base funding level and the volunteer fire departments will also be eligible to receive additional enhancement funding. As base funding, Fire Department’s that have received “first responder” designation will receive $85,454 (Berea, Brassfield, Bullock, Cornwall, and Stem). Most other fire departments will receive $80,192 (Antioch, Butner, Corinth, Creedmoor, Granville Rural, Oxford, and Providence). South Virgilina will receive $53,377 in recognition of the fact that only a portion of their service area is within Granville County with the rest falling in Halifax County, VA.
Q: Who will oversee the district and decide how the money is spent?
A: Final funding authority rests with the Granville County Board of Commissioners as each year they will determine the acceptable tax to levy in the district and approve the annual expenditures for the tax dollars paid by residents. The district will also receive oversight from an advisory board, the Granville County Fire Commission, whose members will be appointed by the County Commissioners and will have members who reside in the north, central, and southern portions of the county as well as the president of the Granville County Fire Chief’s Association.
Q: How do I find out more information about the district or about my tax bill in general?
A: Contact the Granville County Tax Administration Office at 919-693-4181 or visit the office at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford.
Posted July 12, 2022
All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Granville Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC for their regular meeting. This is a change from the previously advertised date.
Posted July 12, 2022
The Granville County Board of Commissioners will host a reception honoring outgoing County Manager on Friday, July 29 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Granville Convention & Expo Center (4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford). The reception is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Attendees may arrive at any time between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. as this will be a floating reception.
Felts has served as Granville County Manager since July 2013 and he also served as Finance Director for eleven years. Among other accomplishments during his tenure as Manager, Felts spearheaded the County’s first long-range strategic plan and established a capital improvement program for county facilities to deal with current and expected growth to maintain a high level of service to county residents.
Posted July 11, 2022
On July 5, the Granville County Board of Commissioners honored the life and service of former Commissioner Mike Warren who passed away on July 1, 2022.
Chairman Tony Cozart presented Gail Warren, Mike’s wife of fifty-five years, with a proclamation honoring his service as a County Commissioner and his lifetime of selfless work for his family and the Granville County community.
In addition to his service on the Board of County Commissioners, Mike Warren also served as Deacon at Oxford Baptist Church, as a member of the Oxford Credit Union Board of Directors, and helped lead the fight against the toxic waste incinerator project on the land that now is home to the Granville Athletic Park.
Please join us in thanking the Warren family for allowing Mike to serve his community for so many years.
Notice of Special Meetings
All interested persons please take notice that the Granville County Board of Commissioners will hold Special Meetings via Zoom on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. and will immediately go into executive session pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a) (6) to review County Manager applications.
Due to internet connectivity issues, some may attend at the Granville County Finance Office conference room located at 141 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, North Carolina.
Posted July 1, 2022
The Granville County Veterans Services Office will be led by new Veterans Services Officer (VSO), Christopher Dethmers. Dethmers’ role as VSO is focused on providing a wide range of services, programs, and support to Veterans and their families including connecting local Veterans to services provided by US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Dethmers is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard. Dethmers enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, and served six years stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a member of the 2nd Marine Division (2nd MARDIV) and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004-2005. In 2008 he joined the NC Army National Guard Active Guard Reserve (AGR). During his time in the National Guard Dethmers served as Platoon SGT, 1st SG, Readiness NCO, and as a Recruiter. Dethmers was again deployed to Iraq in 2019-2020 with the 30th Brigade Combat Team and retired from the National Guard in 2022. He is also the co-founder of the Granville-Vance Warriors Anonymous PTSD group for Veterans and law enforcement.
Dethmers is a Henderson native, a graduate of Vance-Granville Community College, and still resides in Vance County with his wife of 21 years, Lindsy Dethmers. He and Lindsy have three children (Becca, Izzy, and Austin) and are the proud grandparents of Brynly Skye Boone. He attends Clearview Baptist Church in Henderson and Delrayno Baptist Church in Oxford.
“I’m honored that Granville County has entrusted me to serve as Veterans Services Officer,” said Dethmers. “My career has been dedicated to serving my country in the US Marine Corps and the NC Army National Guard. I cannot think of a better way to continue my career by working with and for my fellow Veterans by providing support and resources to Granville County Veterans and their families. I’m excited to get started, and I look forward to connecting our Veterans to services and expanding programs that will enhance the great support they already receive from Granville County.”
The Veterans Services office is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 5 and is located at 141 Williamsboro Street in Oxford. The public may contact Veterans Services staff by calling 919-693-1484 or visit the Granville County website.