Sunday, August 22, 2010

Orange County (NC) Sales Tax Increase Would Help Fund Schools, Economic Development,Emergency Services, and Libraries

Link to August 20 News-Observer article.

Excerpt: Commissioner Barry Jacobs, noting comments at a public hearing earlier in the week, proposed adding a third, smaller category split between emergency services and libraries. The county's current 17 minute emergency response time lags behind a national standard, and Chapel Hill has been pressuring the county to contribute more to the operation of the Chapel Hill Public Library, a town library heavily used by Orange County residents from out of town.

The commissioners tentatively agreed to allocate 42.5 percent of the additional tax revenue to schools, 42.5 percent to economic development and 15 percent to emergency services and libraries

If approved, the 1/4-cent tax would raise $2,300,000, which, if emergency services and libraries each receive 7.5%, will provide an additional $172,500 for library services.

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