Momentum against all six constitutional amendments continues to grow

As Raleigh’s News & Observer reports:

A group of Triangle mayors and council members are the latest political leaders to oppose six constitutional amendments on the ballot Nov. 6.

On Thursday, Common Cause NC and Local Progress released a letter signed by mayors of five cities: Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Holly Springs, and Morrisville. The groups will hold a press conference Friday in Raleigh with more local officials who are expected to support the letter.

The letter states, as local elected officials, they are aware of the “potentially damaging impact of the legislature’s proposed six constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.”

“The tax amendment and several others would have major impacts on the local level. We are at a critical juncture in the future of North Carolina,” it states….

“Passing any of these six amendments furthers the partisan divide and makes it even more difficult for our state to make the progress it needs to serve all the people of North Carolina so we can meet our potential,” Morrisville Mayor T.J. Cawley said in the announcement.

The full list of signers will include elected officials in Raleigh, Wake County and Orange County, and will be announced Friday, said Justin Guillory of Stop Deceptive Amendments, a group opposing the amendments.

And this is from the letter:

“The proposed amendment to lower the cap on income taxes has the potential to shift even more money from education to tax breaks for the wealthy. North Carolina has already fallen behind in meeting the needs of its citizens. The limits on current state revenue have put pressure on local budgets and have required local officials to either cut vital services or raise property taxes. Property tax rates have been raised in 74 of 100 counties since 2012. capping the tax rate will also limit North Carolina’s ability to respond to future unforeseen needs, such as responding to a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence or another recession.”

The press event will take place today at 10:30 in downtown Raleigh. For more information go to: https://stopdeceptiveamendments.com/.

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