Municipal Service Districts
Converting Private Residential Streets to Publicly Maintained Streets
The Latest Information
- Withers & Ravenel surveying service contract executed on November 14, 2012 and a notice to proceed was sent. All plats have been signed and recorded, and was completed on schedule.
- The following neighborhoods have received plats:
- Carpenter Park
- The Gables
- Huntington Park
- Kelton II
- Kelton Square
- The Town is currently working on an RFP (Request For Proposal) to conduct an MSD Community Assessment.
- 14 residential developments in Morrisville were constructed with private streets
- Private streets are constructed to a lesser standard than public streets
- The Town Council does not have general authority to expend public funds for private needs
- About one third of Morrisville's homes are in these 14 neighborhoods
- Staff developed an initiative to upgrade and convert private streets to publicly maintained streets
- This will result in a Municipal Service District (MSD) that creates an additional temporary property tax
- All 14 neighborhoods must have a majority of signed petitions to proceed
- If the initiative has majority support, staff will present the item to the NC Legislature, who must grant the authority for the establishment of an MSD for this purpose
The Town's Stance
- Town Staff and Council are neither for nor against establishing a temporary MSD - the decision lies with the residents of the 14 neighborhoods
- Town Staff is prepared to take on the effort of establishing a temporary MSD if it is the will of the residents
How much will it cost me?
Still Accepting Petitions!
- Staff has proposed that the MSD tax is capped at 10¢ per $100 valuation (If your home is worth $200,000, the maximum additional tax you would pay each year would be $200)
- The MSD tax would be abolished once all streets were brought up to standard and all associated costs are recovered
- An Annual report of costs and financial status of MSD would be provided