Commissioners Vote for Tax Increase!!!– Report by Robert A. Williams

Scroll on down for the tax increase resolution for your reading convenience. Read it and weep. The majority of Cleveland County voters who won’t run for office and who won’t even vote are responsible for us getting screwed again. All I can say is I told you so. As for me, I will vote against this tax increase in November. I will also vote for Donald Trump for President, Pat McCrory for governor and on down the line. As soon as I can get my hands on a sample ballot for the November 2016 election, I will pass it along to you for your information.

Resolution 07-2016

Resolution Supporting One Quarter Percent ($0.25 %) Local Sales and Use Tax
Referendum

WHEREAS, “Maintaining support for County Volunteer Fire Departments and exploring
additional ways to increase County assistance” and “Seeking alternative revenue
sources to lessen the County’s burden on property taxes” are top priorities of Cleveland
County Commissioners; and,

WHEREAS, Commissioners are committed to ensuring the needs of not only Volunteer
Fire Departments but all Public Safety agencies in Cleveland County are met in order to
continue to provide high quality service to our citizens; and,

WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly has enacted Article 46 of Chapter
105 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the “One-Quarter Cent County Sales and
Use Tax Act”, authorizing counties to levy a one-quarter (0.25%) percent sales and use
tax; and,

WHEREAS, to enact this local sales and use tax, Cleveland County must conduct an
advisory referendum in accordance with the provisions of North Carolina General Statute
163-287; and,

WHEREAS, an advisory referendum will be placed on the November 2016 election
ballot;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

Section 1: The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners hereby states its intent to
use the revenues from Article 46 One Quarter Percent ($0.25%) Local Sales and Use
Tax, if approved by the voters of Cleveland County, solely for Public Safety needs in
Cleveland County.

Section 2: It is the intention of the Cleveland County Commissioners to distribute
funds to Public Safety Agencies across the county including Volunteer Fire Departments,
the Sheriff’s Office, County Public Safety Departments as well as Municipal Pubic Safety
Partners.

Section 3: A referendum is hereby called during the times the polls are open for the
November election, at which there shall be submitted to voters of Cleveland County the
question stated in Section 5 of this resolution.

Section 4: The Board of Commissioners is requesting Cleveland County Board of
Elections hold said referendum and take all necessary steps required under North
Carolina General Statutes 163-287.

Section 5: The form of the question to appear on the ballot and in the instruction to
voters shall appear as follows:

Local sales and use tax at the rate of one quarter percent
(0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.

[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST

Section 6: This resolution shall take effect upon its passage.

Adopted this the 21 day of June, 2016.

___________________________ __________________________
Jason Falls, Chairman Eddie Holbrook, Vice-Chairman

___________________________ __________________________
Susan K. Allen, Commissioner Ronald Hawkins, Commissioner

_______________________________
Johnny Hutchins, Commissioner

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