National County Government Month
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer.
The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of county government. Counties are on the front lines protecting our communities from coronavirus and other illnesses that have the potential to become a pandemic. Counties support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments, which are the ground troops in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Local health departments are working to protect public health by communicating with transportation officials, educating health care providers and communicating to the public best practices to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
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Pitt County was established in 1760 as an arm of state government. Nine commissioners are elected from six districts on a partisan basis for staggered, four-year terms. The County Manager is appointed by the Board. The Commissioners' meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month in the Pitt County Office building, located at 1717 W 5th Street, Greenville NC 27834. The public is encouraged to attend all meetings. BOCC Meeting Agenda for April 5, 2021.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Pitt County Board of County Commissioners
DID YOU KNOW?
Every Monday throughout the month of April, snapshots of the core priorities which are reaffirmed by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), will be posted on social media and listed in the tabs below. Continuing the celebration of National County Government Month, read and share with your neighbor what priorities Pitt County focuses and develops to help our community thrive!
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Click through the tabs below to read quick facts discussing significant focus areas which prompt innovative solutions within Pitt County.
TWO FOR TUESDAY
Two questions, two answers.
Two for Tuesday social media posts will be made every Tuesday throughout the month of April. Read through two questions and learn of two responses regarding services and priorities such as: Pitt County Animal Services, Environmental Health, Economic Development and Adult Protective Services.
What does the Tax Assessor do?
The Tax Assessor’s primary responsibility is to appraise, list and assess all taxable real and personal property each year and furnish tax base figures to the County, Municipalities and Fire Departments for budget purposes.
How can I find out information related to my property?
Visit the Pitt County website, under the Tax Administration tab to access the Online Parcel Information system (OPIS) to obtain tax related information related to their property. Users can search by parcel number, physical address or the owner’s name.
For more information related to the Tax Administration department, call 252-902-3400 or visit: www.PittCountyNC.gov/TAX
Pitt County Animal Services
How can PCAS help me get my pet spayed or neutered?
PCAS has low-cost vouchers available for Pitt County residents to help get your dog or cat spayed or neutered!top by the shelter between 9:00am-11:00am, or 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information call the shelter front office at 252-902-1726.
Why is PCAS not called the pound?
Terms like “the pound” and “dog catcher” are outdated, from a time when the focus of animal control was impoundment (hence “the pound”) but Animal Welfare has evolved greatly since that time. The term Animal Shelter is more reflective of the goals the department have regarding sheltering, caring for, and finding placement for animals in our community.
CLICK HERE, or the logo above and learn more about the Pitt County Emergency Management Department.
Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) Meetings
"My county government matters because..."
Local high school Civics students participated in an extra credit opportunity discussing what local government means to them. During the Monday, April 5 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting scheduled for 6:00pm, one essay will be selected and read live on air! The selected essay and all remaining essays will be housed below. To view previous BOCC meetings and all other Board meetings such as Board of Social Services, Board of Health, etc., go to www.YouTube.com/PittCountyNC to subscribe and follow!
My county government matters...
because it provides great services which always better improve our lives, even during this pandemic. Pitt county, during the pandemic is doing everything to help their citizens, they are working hard to get us covid-19 vaccines, they are providing us information on their website to help stay safe, they handled covid-19 rules and regulation in a high standard to keep us safe. Pitt county not only handles the pandemic well, it makes the lives and the environment safe and welcoming, there are parks, there are more small businesses, more college and continuing education programs that are affordable that give you a well paying job. Pitt county gives you the opportunity to raise a family and grow a business in a safe and adequate environment to better your families life.
During the floodings of the tar river, Pitt County handles well. It disposes the flood water in a well-timed fashion and also provides flood insurance. The cost of living is lower than the national average meaning you can study at Pitt Community College while having enough money to pay for your living standards.
While the pandemic is currently active, Pitt County continues to provide ways to keep our minds at ease while providing ways to stay safe. Parks and trails are a good way to release stress due to problems at home or with the virus, all parks and trails provided to you by Pitt. Pitt County offers many ways to “live” your life during this time, it allows you to pay your bills from your home, it allows you to pay your taxes from home and if you can’t pay your taxes on time, it allows you to have extensions. No wonder Greenville, which is Pitt County’s largest city, was named one of the best places to live and with the continuous effort of Pitt and its people, I know we can defeat this virus and return to normal.
This essay was submitted by Brandon Barrientos-Gonzales - North Pitt High School
My county government matters...
it provides an organized system for the community which provides everything that there can be in a community such as food markets, buildings, houses and etc. health & safety is another important one that’s like transportation to the hospital, keeping stray dogs off the street, keeping the up with the utilities, leaving rating on places and the community. Health & safety also reminds me of police keeping criminals off the street also. Records & request keeps our official birth and death certificates. Recreation I feel keeps the community together. Parks, indoor fun parks, water parks, walking & bicycle trails are just a few ways that you can interact with one another in your community. Last thing is taxes, we pay taxes so that the government can fund things that just contribute to the community. Such as fixing the roads, removing pot holes, adding more safety features like fire extinguishers and things of that nature. These are some reasons that my County Government matters.
This essay was submitted by Gjahnice Chance - North Pitt High School
Financial Services is responsible for managing the financial operations of Pitt County in accordance with North Carolina's Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.
The Public Information Office produces the "Stay Connected" ad which runs in the Daily Reflector newspaper each Saturday before a meeting of the Pitt County Board of Commissioners. CLICK HERE to view the latest Stay Connected ad.
From volunteer fire fighters, Meals on Wheels Volunteers, Food Bank Volunteers, to Vidant Medical Center Volunteers, Pitt County has far more needs than volunteers! Food insecurity tops the list as far as a local need for our community. Over the past year the pandemic has increased the need for food as well as the need for volunteers to deliver that food. One clear example is the Meals on Wheels Program which has expanded from delivering 325 meals a day to 360 meals a day with 180 older adults still on the waiting list. Whatever your interest, expertise or hobby; you can give hope and critically needed assistance to someone in our county.
Be a part of the solution and improve someone’s life today by reaching out to volunteer! CLICK on one of the links below to learn on how to volunteer locally.
Council on Aging
Vidant Medical Center
Contact the Public Information Office for more Information regarding volunteer efforts.
"COUNTIES WORK" ONLINE GAME AND "MY COUNTY WORKS" ACTIVITY BOOK
With many children home from school, NACo's civic education resources provide perfect opportunities to inform young people about county government and have fun at the same time.
Developed in partnership with iCivics, the "Counties Work" online educational game and the downloadable "My County Works" activity book for young children are great activities individuals can enjoy from their homes.
Both resources are free and accessible at NACO.org/iCivics.