Orange to hold vote on transit tax
Posted June 7, 2012
Hillsborough, N.C. — Orange County commissioners have agreed to place a referendum on a half-cent increase to the sales tax rate to support public transit on the November ballot.
Commissioners voted 5-2 late Tuesday in favor of the referendum.
Durham voters approved a similar transit tax proposal last November, but officials there said they won't implement it until voters in Orange and Wake counties follow suit.
Proceeds from the tax are supposed to help pay for the development of light-rail systems and the expansion of bus service across the Triangle.
Polls in Orange County over the years have shown consistent support for the idea of a transit-related surcharge.