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Durham puts food tax on ballot

Posted July 29, 2008

— A proposed 1 percent tax on prepared food will appear on the November ballot in Durham County after the Board of Commissioners finalized a referendum on the tax Monday.

Supporters say it would cost the average customer less than $18 a year, but opponents say new taxes shouldn't be imposed in a struggling economy.


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  • PeaceOut2017 Jul 30, 2008

    1% now, 2% next year,....%20 5 years from now

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 29, 2008

    This tax will go into what pot? Goodness gracious, these NC pols have tax fever! This will certainly increase their coffers for the long run... not! Folks will decrease eating out & then where will the precious tax money needed to redistribute (for the chiiildrun no doubt) come from? Tax until all the taxpayers flee the state that's a great plan! Oh wait, they'll always have the "young of the privileged" at Duke so nevermind, unleash those tax hounds!

  • smcallah Jul 29, 2008

    Restaurant prepared food is not a basic necessity.

    But I do agree that there should be no tax on food products bought at a retail store. I lived in Maryland for 6 years and paid no tax on food bought at the store, and that's how it should be.

    But if you buy your food at McDonald's, you should be expecting to pay tax.

  • Mobile Geek Jul 29, 2008

    I don't live in Durham, but I think a food tax of any kind, anywhere is criminal. People should not be taxed on the basic necessities of life, food, water, and shelter (1 home).

  • Time for the Truth Jul 29, 2008

    Obama and Perdue haven't even won and the Democrats are raising TAXES-GET READY FOR THE ECONOMY TO HEAD SOUTH!!