Local Politics

Local sales tax on Orange ballot

Posted September 23, 2011

— Orange County voters will decide in November whether to add a quarter-cent to the local sales tax rate for education and economic development, officials said Friday.

The added tax, which wouldn't apply to groceries, gasoline and prescription medicines, would generate about $2.5 million a year, officials said. If approved, it would take effect next April.

Half of the tax revenue would be distributed to county and city schools on a per-pupil basis for renovations to older schools and the purchase of technology. The other half would be used to provide funds for entrepreneurs, small business loans, innovation centers for new businesses and support for agriculture businesses.

Tax revenue also would be used to improve county infrastructure needed for a growing business environment, such as utilities, water and sewer.


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  • tommys5 Sep 23, 2011

    What Orange County is not telling everyone in this press release.
    This is the same referendum that was voted down by the people of Orange Co. back in November. Five months later the county commissioners puts it back on the ballot for this November. Why?
    Because there will not be any county elections this year only municipal Chapel Hill and Carrboro. They figure no one in the county will come out to vote for one item on the ballot. They are counting on the liberals of Chapel Hill and the students(that always vote for tax increases and move 4 years later leaving the citizens with the bill) How much will it cost the county to open the polls in the county for this referendum? More than $85,000 plus the $40,000 expected to spend on advertisement. The people have have already spoken. This is another example of the county's waste of tax payers money and why we don't need more taxes. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER

  • PetulantHarbinger Sep 23, 2011

    This is the same tax that was voted down last year. Why isn't that mentioned in the article? People voted against it, and it lost. Now they're trying again. I guess it will keep ending up on the ballet until people vote for it.

  • thewayitis Sep 23, 2011

    Blech. If this tax goes into effect, I guess all I'll buy in Orange is gas and groceries...

  • meeper Sep 23, 2011

    No thanks, we've given the libs that run Orange county enough tax money to spend over the years. A better idea is to raise taxes in the People's Republic of Chapel Hill only. I'm sure they won't mind.

  • whatusay Sep 23, 2011

    Give more proceeds from the "Education lottery" instead of putting it into the General Treasury. The lottery was originally advertised as the savior for education...what happened??