County Commissioners Mull Sales Tax Increase

One county in the East is talking about raising its sales tax, but only if voters give them go-ahead.

Two Lenoir County Commissioners, Linda Sutton and Reuben Davis, are on the record now as saying they want to put a sales tax increase on the ballot in November. That's according to the Kinston Free Press.

Lenoir County's sales tax is currently on par with most counties, at 6.75%. Some counties, including Pitt and Martin, have a 7% sales tax to help fund education.

The Kinston Free Press reported the additional revenue in Lenoir County could help expand the county jail.

Voters defeated a sales tax increase in Lenoir County in 2007. Voters passed a bond referendum to fund school construction in 2006.

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  • by blackmaple Location: Den on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    The 6.75% is the total sales tax, the county tax is 2.75%
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    Let's get rid of the IRS and all the prima-donas associated with that outfit. Go to a flat tax, and quit imposing all these other taxes which hurts the middle class. Tell the Federal Government to oust the 32 CZARS, who are not elected and circumvent the legislative branch of government. Clean up the corruption in MEDICARE and MEDICAID.
  • by JBP Location: Gville on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    So is this on top of the 1% State sales tax Purdue wants to add?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Ace and others, schools? I thought smokes were going to help schools and heathcare. How much money do we need to take care of illegals in our public schools? Has NC picked up more illegals than surrounding states? Probably. Since all they need is a TIN number to get a licensed to get a job, yep. So, these commissioners want me to help fund illegals in our public schools? The ones that don't pay TAXES that I have to pay for? I will no only vote no but I will vote them out. No new taxes period.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    To The Lenoir County Commisioners, don't do it. It's crooked and our Martin County Commissioners have done it to us law abiding citizens. To Ace, you are right, and that's how they will lie about such a thing. It's up there in Raleigh all the time.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Go to and you will see what is in store for this country. The man tells it like it will be. Wake up AMERICA!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    Its amazing when politicians want something they tie it in something that is really needed. The key word in this news release is "could" but if they get the extra tax very little or no money would go to the county jail. They are not held accountable for what they say.

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