What do I get with the general fund tax rate?

The county provides a wide range of services for its taxpayers. As an example, the general fund tax rate is used to fund public safety, most notably law enforcement and the county jail through the Sheriff's office. It provides human services such as the county's health clinic and health services, programs for individuals and families through the Department of Social Services, and programs for the aging through the Senior Resource Center. It provides management and maintenance of our county parks, libraries and the Cape Fear Museum. Over 30 cents of the rate assists with operating and capital needs of the education system in New Hanover County through the New Hanover County Board of Education and Cape Fear Community College.

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1. What is a debt fund and is this a new tax or fee? Why is it shown separately on my bill?
2. What do I get with the general fund tax rate?
3. What are voter approved bonds?
4. What projects are being paid for with the borrowed money?
5. Will that debt service fund tax rate change in the future or remain at 6.9 cents?
6. What if I didn’t vote for the bonds or I don’t use the services or facilities the borrowed money funded? Am I still required to pay the 6.9 cent tax?
7. What are the other charges on my bill?