Category Archives: Local government

Bonds on the ballot

North Carolina hasn’t seen a state-wide bond referendum since the early 2000s, but that doesn’t mean the local governments haven’t had a bond on the ballot.  This year there are a number of bond items on the ballot including water systems, parks and recreation, schools, sidewalks, and many more.  Some for the county, and some areContinue Reading

10 Sales Tax Referendums on the Ballot

  Anson County has only had a sales tax increase on its ballot one time prior, and that was in 2008. The decision to be placed on the ballot passed the county commission 7-0. The estimated $300,000 in revenue will be used for increased teacher supplements. Education makes up 15% of the county’s total expenditures,Continue Reading

Guilford Sales tax hike expected to fail

According to a poll by Americans for Prosperity North Carolina, 50% oppose and only 37% support for increasing Guilford County’s sales tax.  Counties have the option to vote for a quarter-cent increase to their already 2% local sales tax rate.  This November is the fourth time Guilford County will have this tax increase on the ballot,Continue Reading

A casino in Kings Mountain? Voters should decide, not city council.

As a Gaston County native that frequently traveled to Kings Mountain, a casino is not something one would expect in the small town in Cleveland County.  There are still towns in Cleveland County that haven’t passed liquor by the drink, I would guess they would be hard pressed to find overwhelming public support for aContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Duke University research scholar Chris Conover about the overstated risks for people without health insurance. Sarah Curry’s Daily Journal examines the N.C. counties seeking voter support this fall for sales tax increases.

Ashe County to raise Sales tax for Hospital subsidy

There are seven counties with quarter-cent increases to their sales taxes on the ballot in November.  For Ashe County, this will be the first time on the ballot. While many local governments claim they will collect the tax for a specific purpose, that is not permissible by law.  Any revenue generated from the local-option, quarter-centContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Appeals Court ruling that could place a greater burden on local governments to prove zoning violations. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal explains why high school students would benefit from a later start to the school day.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Durham officials have shred records tied to a recently repealed gun registration law. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that increased government spending can have diminishing returns.