State lawmakers included the local-option tax in this year's budget to help counties pay for infrastructure to keep up with growth. Cumberland County commissioners voted 6-1 Tuesday to put the tax on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The tax increase could generate an additional $8.1 million a year for schools, a new library and a new health department office, officials said.
The commissioners said they would consider lowering local property tax rates to compensate for the higher sales tax if they have the funds to do so.
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