Town may support sales tax referendum

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The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners was expected to approve a resolution of support to add a quarter of a cent to its sales tax in a referendum proposed by county commissioners at the November election.

The one quarter of a cent addition would be used for capital improvement projects in Wayne County Schools.

It is the second time county lawmakers have sought the sales tax addition, but voters previously turned it down.

Wayne County Manager Craig Honeycutt was scheduled to make the request to the town board at its Jan. 6 monthly meeting.

The local option sales tax rate is currently seven and three-quarter cents. The increase would put it at eight cents for each dollar spent.

Town Manager Charles Brown said he cannot speak for town board members who will make the decision about the resolution, but did say “it is a fair tax and certainly one that is needed.”

“What it means is that anybody, no matter where they are from, will pay the increase if they buy anything in Wayne County,” he added.

There are numerous capital improvement needs in all of the schools that serve the southern end of Wayne County, including Mount Olive, Grantham and Seven Springs.

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