New laws bring residents to NC, increase tolls

Posted January 1
Updated January 2

— North Carolina welcomed dozens of new residents on the first day of the new year thanks to a new law that went into effect.

Beginning Jan. 1, the boundary line between North and South Carolina changed after former Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order moving the state line about 50 to 100 feet in areas east and west of Charlotte. So, about 50 homeowners from South Carolina became North Carolina residents as a result of the law.

Changes to North Carolina's sales tax mean tax is now charged on installation, maintenance and repair services related to real property. That means contractors who install or repair heating or air conditioning units, garage doors, water heaters, siding, kitchen cabinets or counters, flooring or any plumbing or electrical repairs now need to collect sales tax on those services.

Work on new construction and landscaping are exempt from the new sales tax rules.

Another law that went into effect Sunday allows teenagers in foster care throughout the state to continue receiving support services from age 18 through 21.

Officials with the state’s Division of Social Services said many young adults in foster care are not prepared to be self-sufficient by the age of 18. Extending services through age 21 provides additional guidance and assistance and makes it more likely that the young adults will obtain high school diplomas and enroll in college.

Drivers traveling on the Triangle Expressway will be paying more beginning Sunday, as the toll rate increased 3.5 percent.

A person traveling the entire distance of the toll road, about 17 miles, will pay $3.13, up 9 cents from the previous total. Customers paying through bill-by-mail will pay $4.81, an increase of 16 cents.

Money from tolling is used to pay bonds sold to fund the highway as well as maintenance.


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  • Thomas White Jan 3, 7:15 a.m.
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    One day the State of NC will take over the tolled section of 540 so the bond holders can be paid off. There is no way that the toll road generates enough money to pay the bond holders, maintenance and the company collecting the tolls.

  • Michael Lloyd Jan 3, 12:03 a.m.
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    Stam lived in Apex. Get him to fix it.

  • Michael Lloyd Jan 3, 12:01 a.m.
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    I refuse to use the till road, using US 1/64 or NC 55. Never will use it.

  • Melanie Lane Jan 2, 5:03 p.m.
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    Remember as small businesses deal with the sales tax issue that we will now pay and as increased tolls hit each of us that NC Corporate taxes just decreased. Again. The republicans have a super majority in the state house and they had the governorship. They passed these taxes to hit the 98% of us in NC. "North Carolina ended the fiscal year with strong revenue growth, according to the state governor’s office, meaning business tax rates will be lower in 2017.
    orth Carolina’s business tax rate will now be the lowest in the nation among states with a business income tax. The next lowest state business income tax rate is 4.31 percent in North Dakota.

    In addition to reducing the business income tax rate in 2017, North Carolina will also reduce the personal income tax rate in 2017 from 5.75 percent to 5.499 percent.

    Every time the top pays less we pay more.

  • John Townsend Jan 2, 3:02 p.m.
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    I read up on the NC/SC boarder change, what a complete waste of time and effort. Should have just kept the boarder where it was thought to be rather than shifting people from one state to another or cutting buildings in two.

  • Chris Grimes Jan 2, 2:33 p.m.
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    So now home repairs will be taxed as well, but with an exemption for landscaping and new construction? Who's buying new homes or paying someone to do their landscaping? Certainly not middle- and lower-income people. I admit I haven't followed the development of that change in the tax laws, but it seems to be another case of a tax that hits those hardest who can least afford it.

  • Danielle White Jan 2, 1:31 p.m.
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    That's exactly how the decision was made - a bit over a decade ago they did a study and determined that if they waited for state funding to become available to build it as an interstate highway then it would most likely be 2030 before it opened. As for the lack of tolls for that last mile of NC-540 (counting in mile marker order) I suspect adding toll collection gantries there would have cost more than it was worth since they were building them anyhow just a little further south. The timing of the bond issue - into the recession - meant that they had to revise their plans.

  • John Townsend Jan 2, 10:09 a.m.
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    Some of this is probably determined by how it was funded. Notice how the original parts is named as an interstate highway while the part with tolls is designated as a NC highway. Likely, the toll part simply wouldn't have been built yet had the decision been made to not use tolls.

  • Roy Abel Jan 2, 8:22 a.m.
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    Ok, then why isn't the section of NC 540 from Interstate 40 and NC 54 tolled? It was built at the exact same time as the section from NC 54 to NC 55 and it's tolled.

  • Byrd Ferguson Jan 2, 12:05 a.m.
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    It is outrageous that citizens of the southwestern part of the county paid for all of 540, while they still have to pay for the southwest corridor alone through tolls. To me that is government stealing.