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Editorial blasts last minute local sales tax bill as, “mixed up,” “weird,” “half-baked”

Posted By Rob Schofield On July 21, 2014 @ 7:53 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

ICYMI, the editorial page of the Greensboro News & Record pulled no punches this weekend in an editorial excoriating state senators [1] for their last minute proposal to hamstring local governments when it comes to use of the sales tax for public services and structures at the local level. Here’s an excerpt from “Oddest idea yet” [1]:

Republican state senators canceled a floor vote on a confusing sales-tax bill Thursday until they could get their stories straight. Which means it might not return.

Of all the heavy-handed directives the legislature has pushed down on local governments in the past couple of years — airport and water system takeovers, de-annexations, local redistrictings, elimination of privilege licenses — this one might be the most illogical.

[2]The measure, which originated in the Senate Finance Committee without notice Wednesday, was presented as a means of giving counties additional tax flexibility. With voters’ approval, they could add to the local sales tax, designating revenue to schools or transportation projects.

But the strings attached tied everything in knots.

The legislation put restrictions on how new revenue could be spent — for education or for transportation, but not for both. It put a cap on the local sales-tax rate. And, perhaps most baffling, it required that if a county raised the sales-tax rate, it would have to raise it all the way to the cap….

The half-baked sales-tax bill, which also includes unrelated provisions boosting economic development efforts, was yanked from the calendar before the Senate adjourned for the weekend. Senators will return to Raleigh Monday, but the wacky sales-tax proposals ought to vanish as quickly as they appeared.

For more information on the proposal in question, click here for succinct summary [3].


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[1] an editorial excoriating state senators: http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/article_f97ba2da-0eb9-11e4-b6c5-001a4bcf6878.html

[2] Image: http://ads.bhmedianetwork.com/RealMedia/ads/click_lx.ads/news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/2100144383/BottomLeft/default/empty.gif/59554e45736c4f706342594141703069?x

[3] click here for succinct summary: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/18/senate-bill-would-further-limit-local-governments-tax-authority-and-force-a-choice-between-public-education-and-transit/

[4] Tax law change further reduces revenue for investment in local communities : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/27/tax-law-changes-further-reduces-revenue-for-investment-in-local-communities/

[5] Three Stooges government? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/22/three-stooges-government/

[6] The math doesn’t add up with proposed tax law change : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/28/the-math-doesnt-add-up-with-proposed-tax-law-change/

[7] Editorial: Public has right to know how its money is being spent on charter schools : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/13/editorial-public-has-right-to-know-about-charter-schools/

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