The Roanoke Rapids City Council has scheduled a public hearing for input on a proposed sales tax increase. The city wants a one cent local sales tax for items charged within the city limits.
A public notice for the hearing says the revenue from the tax increase would go towards paying debt obligations to the Roanoke Rapids Theatre.
The city took out a $21.5 million loan in 2005 to build the mega-music complex in hopes of spurring growth along I-95 in Halifax County. Partnerships with Randy Parton and Lafayette Gatling have failed.
The public hearing will be on the agenda for the March Regular Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Andrews City Meeting Hall.