Voters Approve Tax Increases In Several Areas

Voters in several North Carolina areas approved tax increases for education, economic development and public transit while saying no in one town to a road improvement bond.

In Orange County, voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax earmarked for schools and economic development. It's expected to raise about $2.5 million for the county.

Durham County voters approved a half-percent sales tax increase to expand public transit, including more bus service in Durham. Voters there also approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase, with the money going to education.

Buncombe County voters narrowly approved a quarter-center sales tax increase to pay for renovations and new buildings at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Clemmons voters, though, overwhelmingly rejected a $6 million bond that would have paid for improvements to Lewisville-Clemmons Road.


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  • by History Student Location: NC on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    Whow! The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protestors would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented
  • by Say No To Tax Increase Location: NC on Nov 9, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    These idiots that are part of the state and local government must think we are dumb. Chances are the funds from the sales tax increase will hardly go towards what they say they will go towards. Just another way to get money from hard working citizens. Please vote out any politician that supports tax increases.
  • by Agree!!! on Nov 9, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    Beaufort County Government wants things to stay the same as it has been for years. They don't want growth of any kind. Change is needed in county government... for the better of the citizens of the county. Vote and make a difference!
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    If you suggest increases in Beaufort Co, the proverbial boot will be underneath your seat.
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      by To OSOC on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      You are certainly right about that. They can continue to be one of the lowest paying school systems in the state-they just don't care!
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