Mecklenburg ‘arts and parks’ 1/4-cent sales tax hike on the ballot

Charlotte Observer reports Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 7-2 Tuesday to put a sales tax referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot. If approved, the quarter-cent hike would raise the county’s sales tax to 7.50 percent.

The expected $50 million per year would go toward “arts and parks.” But voter beware:

The act will be on the fall ballot with language only identifying it as a sales tax increase. The county would not be bound to spend the funds in the agreed-upon distribution.

Commissioners also voted to allocate 45% of the money, or $22.5 million, to the Arts and Science Council, which supports museums, educational programs and arts organizations with private donations and local tax dollars.

Another $17 million would go to parks and greenways; $8 million to education; and $2.5 million to arts and culture projects and parks in the county’s small towns.

JLF has take a close look at proposed sales tax hikes over the years, and found them to be perilous. Read why here.

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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