The tide of anti-tax sentiment may finally be ebbing here in North Carolina.
Voters in six North Carolina counties went to the polls this year to vote on increasing the local sales tax rate to support public investments in education, economic development, and transit. In all six cases, voters approved adding a quarter-cent or more to the local sales tax rate.
Last night, voters in four North Carolina counties — Buncombe, Durham, Montgomery, and Orange — approved raising the local sales tax rate. Those approvals come on the heels of two successful sales tax referenda in Cabarrus and Halifax counties earlier this year.
These results contrast sharply with similar referenda in recent years. Last year, amidst the rise of the anti-tax Tea Party, voters in 16 North Carolina counties rejected increasing the local sales tax to fund public investments. Only in seven counties did voters approve adding a quarter-cent to the local sales tax, and none of those approvals came during the November election. Read More