Organized support for Forsyth County 1/4-cent sales tax hike

Voters on Tuesday will decide whether or not to approve a 1/4-cent sales tax hike in Forsyth County. If approved, funds from the sales tax hike would toward retiring the debt on the new $120 million county courts house, with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools receiving 40 percent of excess funds.

Referendums on sales tax hikes can get heated, with both proponents and opponents organizing to make their case. But as the Winston-Salem Journal reports, there has been no formal opposition to the sales tax hike while proponents are getting the word out:

So far, there doesn’t appear to be any organized opposition to the proposal.

But the the Committee for Forsyth Article 46 Sales Tax has registered as a referendum committee with the Forsyth County Board of Elections in support of the sales tax.

“It’s a committee that exists to raise funds and educate voters about the referendum matter over the one-quarter-cent sales tax that’s on the Nov. 6 ballot,” said Chad Hansen, the treasurer and chairman of the referendum committee.

Hansen said the committee is getting its message out in various ways, including billboards along Business 40 and yard signs. The billboards and yard signs are bright yellow and black.

One of two messages are displayed on the yard signs, which are also at the early-voting sites: “Keep Property Taxes Low” or “Support Teachers & Schools.” Stated on all of the signs is “Vote For ¼ cent Sales Tax Referendum” and “facebook.com/SupportSalesTax.”

My guess is opponents are feeling confident voters will reject the sales tax hike. Confidence can be a good thing, but overconfidence can be fatal. We will see come Tuesday.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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