sales tax http://wfae.org en Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate http://wfae.org/post/sales-tax-cap-debate-proves-contentious-passes-nc-senate <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill capping county sales tax rates at 2.5 percent.</span></p><p>The vote was 33 to 16. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The final tally came after more than an hour of contentious debate.</p><p>North Carolina’s urban vs. rural divide was front and center throughout the debate. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:20:06 +0000 Tom Bullock 55533 at http://wfae.org Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate Sales Tax Cap Passes Key Senate Vote http://wfae.org/post/sales-tax-cap-passes-key-senate-vote <p>After a contentious debate on the Senate floor earlier today, a bill capping county sales tax passed 33 to 16. Joining Mark Rumsey to talk about the bill and the implications for Mecklenburg County is WFAE’s Tom Bullock.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:37:57 +0000 Tom Bullock 55494 at http://wfae.org Sales Tax Cap Passes Key Senate Vote Senate Changes County Sales Tax Bill; Still Kills Meck County Vote http://wfae.org/post/senate-changes-county-sales-tax-bill-still-kills-meck-county-vote <p></p><p></p><p>On Monday night the Senate Finance Committee debated county sales taxes again.</p><p>That bill was changed but not in a way that would keep a planned Mecklenburg county vote alive.</p><p>Generally, if you buy something in Mecklenburg county, you currently pay 7.25 percent in sales tax. The majority of that tax goes to the state, but 2.5 percent goes to the county.</p><p>The original senate proposal capped the sales tax rate every county could charge at 2.5 percent. That original senate plan passed the finance committee unanimously last Wednesday.</p><p>So what was the big change?&nbsp; It comes down to two words: either, or.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:35:56 +0000 Tom Bullock 55394 at http://wfae.org Senate Changes County Sales Tax Bill; Still Kills Meck County Vote WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-poet-controversy-sales-tax-legislation-signage-morass <p>Heading into the week, we knew that topics like the budget, Common Core and teacher pay raises would be Statehouse news. We didn't expect a controversy to emerge over Governor McCrory's choice for poet laureate, who resigned Thursday. Greg, Lisa and Ben will discuss.</p><p>They will also discuss Senate legislation to cap the local sales tax in all counties. The bill would effectively kill a referendum on November's ballot that asks Mecklenburg County voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax hike that would go toward CMS pay raises, arts groups, CPCC and the library system.</p><p></p><p>Plus, Ben explains what's he's learned about Charlotte's sign ordinance. Signs are no simple matter.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:00:41 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 55217 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering http://wfae.org/post/county-budget-and-referendum-pass-amidst-bickering <p>If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay.&nbsp;The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:32:18 +0000 Tom Bullock 53164 at http://wfae.org County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-latest-airport-fight-proposed-sales-tax-hike-murrows <p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.</p><p>Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this <a href="http://wfae.org/post/1200-turn-out-moral-monday-protest-raleigh">story</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:20:04 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 52897 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows Utilities Commission Mulls Rate Dip To Offset Consumer Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/utilities-commission-mulls-rate-dip-offset-consumer-tax-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A utility sales tax hike in North Carolina is set to take effect in July.&nbsp; That means your bill will go up.&nbsp; But first the utilities commission must decide whether to help offset that increase by decreasing rates.&nbsp; The state’s consumer advocate wants the commission to do that because taxes are going down for Duke Energy.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:56:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 42072 at http://wfae.org Utilities Commission Mulls Rate Dip To Offset Consumer Tax Hike Anti-Tax Advocate Grover Norquist Visits Huntersville http://wfae.org/post/anti-tax-advocate-grover-norquist-visits-huntersville <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Influential anti-tax advocate Grover </span>Norquist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made several stops in North Carolina yesterday. He visited the capitol to show support for Republican proposals to overhaul the state’s tax system, and ended the day in </span>Huntersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:07:40 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 27466 at http://wfae.org Anti-Tax Advocate Grover Norquist Visits Huntersville SC Could Get An Early Out Of Amazon Tax Exemption Deal http://wfae.org/post/sc-could-get-early-out-amazon-tax-exemption-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Senators are poised to pass a measure this week that would mean new taxes for South Carolina online shoppers who frequent Amazon. The state granted Amazon an exemption to collecting sales tax until 2016, but that deal would end if Congress passes the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:07:21 +0000 Julie Rose 25934 at http://wfae.org SC Could Get An Early Out Of Amazon Tax Exemption Deal As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer http://wfae.org/post/panthers-seek-cut-city-sales-tax-primer <p></p><div><p>The Carolina Panthers say their 17- year old stadium needs an upgrade and they want taxpayers to pitch in. City of Charlotte officials are busy negotiating behind closed doors to come up with as much as half of the $250 million renovation.&nbsp; They're reportedly looking at doubling the city's tax on prepared foods, such as meals in restaurants. That's not the only local tax Charlotte has used to fund big projects in the past. We asked WFAE's Julie Rose to sort out the sales taxes Charlotte has access to, as this debate over upgrading Bank of America stadium unfolds.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Julie Rose 20917 at http://wfae.org As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer