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Oct 24

Local Referenda on 2016 General Election Ballot

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 7:40 PM by Paige Worsham

Local Referenda on 2016 General Election Ballot

Voters in 39 of our 100 North Carolina counties will see referenda on the general election ballot in addition to races for federal, state, and local elected officials. A referendum to levy an additional quarter-cent local option sales & use tax (authorized under Article 46 of GS Chapter 105) appears on the ballot in 14 counties. While counties cannot restrict revenues from this additional quarter-cent tax for specific reasons, officials from several counties note the funds will be used for school capital needs and other education purposes. Voters in Wake County will vote on an additional half-cent local option sales & use tax, authorized under Article 43 and limited specifically for public transit purposes.

As of October 2016, 31 counties levy the Article 46 quarter-cent sales tax, and three currently levy the Article 43 half-cent tax. The quarter-cent ballot referendum appeared on the ballot in seven counties already in 2016, either during the March or June primary, and referenda passed in two counties – Cherokee and Jackson. Click here to see a list of quarter-cent referenda, and a map of counties that levy Article 43, 46, or both.

Article Map

Other local government ballot initiatives included on the general election ballot include bonds, supplemental school taxes, ABC elections, alcohol sales, and the modification of two county boards of commissioners.

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