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Brunswick County Commissioners won't change sales tax distribution

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Ultimately, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to maintain the current method of sales tax distribution which is based on population. Ultimately, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to maintain the current method of sales tax distribution which is based on population.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - After months of debate, Brunswick County Commissioners have made a decision on how to distribute millions of taxpayer dollars in 2014. 

Every year, Brunswick County collects millions of dollars in sales tax revenue. That money is then re-distributed among each municipality based on population, meaning the larger towns get the most money back.

Recently, there's been a lot of debate about whether or not to change that method or keep it as it is.

Representatives from some of the smaller towns feel that the current method is unfair to them. Many spoke out, hoping to see the process switched to a system based on property values, called the ad valorem method, which would allow them to take home a larger portion of the pot.

Meanwhile, larger towns have resisted the idea of giving up revenue.

The Brunswick County sales tax distribution committee, made up of representatives from each municipality, met several times over the past few months to discuss possible recommendations to the system.

The committee was split on its recommendation to the board of commissioners. Half of the members of the six member board voted to keep the per capita method in place and half wanted to see some sort of change to an alternative method.  In the end, the committee recommended a blended method to the Board of commissioners.

Ultimately, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to maintain the current method of sales tax distribution which is based on population.

Larger towns like Leland celebrated the decision.

"If the sales tax distribution was to change, then the only way to make that up would be to increase property taxes or removing services, and which one do you want?," said Leland Town Manager, David Hollis.

However, officials from smaller towns like Caswell Beach, were unhappy with the board's decision.

"I think it's unfortunate that the scare tactic of we're going to destroy all the towns that need the money, yada yada yada seems to have won out here," said Marry Harry Simmons. "Unfortunately the whole idea of fairness seems to have not been a part of the discussion."

Simmons says he plans to approach state lawmakers to see if they have any interest of getting involved in the future.

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