Local Politics

Orange County commissioners will hear from public on tax hike proposal

Posted March 1, 2011 12:14 p.m. EST

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is considering asking voters to approve a one-quarter cent increase in the county sales tax.

A public comment period on the proposal will be held during the board's regular meeting March 15  at 7 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Should the board go through with the plan, Orange County voters would decide whether to pass the increase in a referendum Nov. 8. Any tax increase would take effect April 1, 2012.

According to county research, a quarter-cent hike would raise an estimated $2.5 million annually.