BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting next week to consider putting a tax hike referendum on the ballot this May.
The board is considering raising the county's sales and use tax by one-quarter cent.
Chairman Phil Norris said the proposed increase would be the lesser of two evils. He said a small increase in sales tax could hold off on the need for a much larger bond referndum further down the road.
There are two main reasons for the proposed increase, according to Norris.
He said the Brunswick County School system identified a need of more than $100 million for repairs, renovations and new facilities.
The second reason is beach renourishment and inlet dredging. Norris said the county could make up for the lack of money that's coming from state and federal governments.
The one-quarter cent would bring Brunswick County's sales tax to the same 7% as neighboring New Hanover County.
Commissioners plan to discuss the resolution at Monday's meeting and will then consider a request to the Board of Elections to have the referendum added to the May 6 ballot.
The special meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers at the Brunswick County Government Complex. The public is invited to attend.
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