Wilmington man to continue sales tax protest

By Jon Evans - bio | email

Wilmington, NC (WECT) - Justin LaNasa of Wilmington says he is not finished fighting the sales tax increase voters passed in New Hanover County.

The State Board of Elections on Wednesday dismissed LaNasa's appeal of the referendum vote. The New Hanover County Board of Elections had earlier dismissed his appeal for what it called "a l;ack of evidence".

LaNasa claims voter fraud or computer error played a role in the referendum passing during primary elections on May 4th. Voters approved the quarter-cent increase by a 52-48 percent margin.

LaNasa says he asked for a continuance, since his legal representation could not make the morning meeting at the State Board of Elections office in Raleigh. It was denied.  LaNasa now plans to file for a stay in Wake County court, in an effort to try to keep the tax increase from going into effect.

The earliest it can be put in place would be October 1st.

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