JLF researchers call next week’s Cabarrus County sales tax vote a referendum on local debt bailouts

Cabarrus County commissioners want voters to endorse next week a quarter-cent increase in the local sales tax rate.

A new report from the John Locke Foundation research staff shows why the May 17 referendum is really a vote on whether to bail out county commissioners for taking on excessive debt. Much of that debt was assumed without voter approval.

As Michael Sanera says in discussing the report:

“Cabarrus County commissioners didn’t bother to ask voters for their opinions when the county borrowed $221 million in recent years, but now those commissioners want voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to help pay the bills caused by excessive debt.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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