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NC city sales tax option approved by House panel

Posted June 14

— North Carolina's cities and towns could implement their own sales tax to pay for infrastructure and economic development projects with legislation getting a key House vote.

Municipalities currently share local sales taxes with counties. The bill clearing the House Finance Committee on Wednesday would allow towns and cities to increase the sales tax by a quarter-penny on the dollar, but only if municipal voters agree in a referendum.

Rep. Stephen Ross of Burlington says the option would help cities keep property taxes in check and make up for lost revenues lost by recent legislation or a declining tax bases.

The measure next goes to another House committee.

The combined state and local sales tax base is 6.75 percent, but it's higher in more than 30 of the 100 counties.

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