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Municipal Service District

   MSD Meeting Calendar 2024
  • January 29, Organizational Meeting
    12pm, City Hall Executive Conference Room
  • February 20, Work Session
    12pm, City Hall Executive Conference Room
  • March 19, Regular Meeting
    12pm, City Hall Executive Conference Room
  • April 2, Work Session
    12pm, New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (back conference room)
  • May 7, Regular Meeting
    12pm, New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (back conference room)
  • June 20, Work Session
    12pm, New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (back conference room)
  • August 20, Regular Meeting
    12pm, City Hall Executive Conference Room
  • October 15, Regular Meeting
    12pm, City Hall Executive Conference Room
   Governing Board Meetings to Discuss &     
   Establish the MSD:

   December 12, 2023
    September 26, 2023
    September 12, 2023
    August 22, 2023
   June 15, 2023:
    May 25, 2023:
    February 27, 2023
News & Information

Municipal Service District (MSD) Agendas & Minutes

Interested in serving on New Bern's Municipal Service District Advisory Committee?
Print the application by clicking here, then complete and submit it.

The City held two informational meetings in Spring 2023 to educate and inform MSD property owners and the public about these special tax districts. At the meetings, city staff discussed the history of the MSD, state statutes regarding these tax districts, how other statewide MSDs are structured, and the creation of an MSD Advisory Committee. The meetings included polls where attendees could vote on proposed projects. 

Click here to view a list of proposed projects within the MSD.

Information from both meetings was compiled and presented to the Board of Aldermen for consideration in establishing an MSD committee.  At the August 22, 2023 meeting, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved creation of the committee. At the September 12 meeting, the Board discussed how the committee will be structured, how often it will meet, responsibilities of its members, what term limits may apply, etc. At the September 26, 2023 meeting, the Board requested the number of Ex-Officio members be increased, set staggered term limits, and set limits to two successive terms for residential and commercial members representing the same interest.  Click here to read the resolution establishing the Municipal Service District Advisory Committee.

MSD Advisory Committee & Term Expiration
Sabrina Bengel, Chairman  12/11/2026 Michael Raines 12/11/2024
John Haroldson 12/11/2025 Mickey Miller 12/11/2026
Chris Hoveland 12/11/2024 David Barthol 12/11/2026
Johnny Robinson 12/11/2026 Michaele Watson 12/11/2025
Von Lewis 12/11/2025 Gretchen Dupeza 12/11/2024

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History of the MSD
By the late 1970s, businesses had begun moving out of downtown New Bern and into the outskirts of town.  The downtown area had suffered a period of decline and businesses were looking for more lucrative locations and foot traffic.

Original Map of the MSD (1978)
(click here to view/download)

In 1978, at the request of many property owners, business owners and residents, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution creating a Municipal Service District (MSD), a defined district with an additional levied property tax. 

An MSD provides local governments with a way to raise additional funds for services or projects within the defined area. See North Carolina General Statute 160A-535 "The Municipal Service District Act of 1973." The original footprint of the MSD was just north of Broad Street, to the west side of Hancock Street, south and east to the Trent and Neuse Rivers, respectively. 

In 1985, an initial MSD Advisory Committee was appointed by the Board of Aldermen. The committee was tasked with studying issues and potential projects within the MSD and to make recommendations to the Board. In 1986, the committee returned to the Board to present its recommendations. Subsequent to 1986, the Board of Aldermen never reconstituted an Executive or Advisory Committee for the MSD. Nevertheless, a small group of property owners and other interested parties continued to meet and to occasionally make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen.

MSD_Changes (prop added in 2014)  Reference Documents & Info:
 Current MSD Tax Rate:  $0.1375
  74 MSDs in North Carolina
  Top 15 Property Owners in the MSD
  How MSDs are structured
  List of Proposed Projects
  MSD Budget Status Report  (April 2023)
  Expenditures document (July 2022)
  MSD Debt Service (June 2023)
  NC Municipal Service District Act of 1973
  Original MSD Map (1978)
  Resolution Defining the MSD (1978)
  Minutes from June 13, 1978 BOA meeting
  Resolution Enlarging the MSD (1986)

Map of Properties Added in 2014
(click here to view/download)



Past Projects (not all-inclusive):
Streetscape improvements
Street lighting 
Overhead to underground utility conversion
Sidewalk expansion and upgrades
Development of alleyways & off-street parking
Wayfinding signs
Development of Bear Plaza
Installation of trash and recycling containers