Forsyth County voters reject 1/4-cent sales tax hike

Winston-Salem Journal reports:

Forsyth County voters delivered an overwhelming “no” Tuesday to a quarter-cent increase in the county sales-and-use tax rate to pay for new courthouse facilities and provide leftover money for the local school system.

There were 88,765 votes, or 68 percent, against the sales tax increase, compared with 41301 votes, or 32 percent, for the proposal.

If the proposal had passed, the sales-tax rate would have risen to 7 percent from the current 6.75 percent — 4.75 percent state tax and 2 percent county tax.

….With the defeat of the proposal, property taxes are likely to rise to pay for the courthouse.

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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