A weekend discussion about various proposals to raise sales taxes, triggered by this email.
Orange County Introduces Sales Tax Educational Website
ORANGE COUNTY, NC – Orange County announces a new website to help educate voters on the Sales and Use Tax Referendum. The website also provides feedback to public questions on the referendum.
Information on the sales tax referendum is available on the Orange County website, http://orangecountync.gov/salestax . The website includes links to sample ballots, tax rates for surrounding counties and answers to frequently asked questions.
On November 2, 2010, Orange County voters will have the opportunity to vote “For” or “Against” a ¼ of a penny sales tax increase. If passed, the Board of Commissioners committed to the following disbursement for funds for the next 5 years.
- 42.5% schools (Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools)
- 42.5% economic development
- 15% divided equitably between emergency medical services and libraries
The proposed County Sales and Use Tax should help decrease dependence on property tax and does not apply to groceries, gas or most prescription medications.
The Orange County Financial Services Department estimates, based on current sales tax figures, that the one-fourth of a penny sales and use tax would generate approximately $2,300,000 annually.
Voters need to be aware that straight ticket votes will not automatically yield a “For” or “Against” vote on the referendum. Straight ticket voters must indicate for or against the County Sales and Use Tax on the ballot in order for the vote to be counted.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the ¼ of a cent sales tax on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.