A committee to help pass the sales tax referendum has been created with representatives of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Carrboro Board of Alderspersons, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Board of Education, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, The Partnership for Children, the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Schools Board of Education, the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtor, and Orange County Justice United.
I am serving on the Campaign for Jobs and Schools committee as a representative from Orange County Justice United. Justice United discussed the referendum at one of it’s full meetings and voted to endorse it. We are supporting the sales tax because funds raised in this way will reduce the exorbitant sewer and water rates for our lower income neighbors in the north of the county and will also reduce the tax burden on county homeowners, while supporting our schools.
50% of the revenue raised by the sales tax is designated to bring older schools up to date so that every school is a great school physically. The other 50% of the revenue will go to retaining and recruiting businesses andjobs through a revolving loan fund, improvement of infrastructure, and business incentives. These funds will be available throughout the county.
The County has funded the development of a PSA to educate voters about the importance of passage of the sales tax referendum. Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxBYznMD5vc or below:
You can learn more about how the salestax revenue will be used by going to:
What do you think?