One county was hoping to raise sales tax in order to help fund local schools, but the General Assembly struck down the proposal on Wednesday.
Barbara Ikner, Vice Chair of Onslow County's Board of Commissioners, says a quarter of a cent sales tax increase would have been a huge benefit to the school system and to the future of the area.
"Onslow County government, as all local government, is extremely limited in their sources of revenue," says Ikner. "So we have to fall back on property tax when the General Assembly doesn't give us any further authority."
Property tax was increased, but Ikner says their initial hope was that the tax could be switched over to the sale of goods.
Board members say raising property taxes by one cent will generate about a million dollars in revenue. Roughly 60% of county residents own property. Ikner says raising sales tax by just a quarter of a cent could have generated three or four million.
Officials say the schools need to be funded one way or another. Now that the proposal is struck down, the revenue will continue to be generated through property tax.
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