The 1/2% transit sales tax in Durham and Orange Counties taxes becomes effective Monday April 1, so if you are imbibing out past midnight on Sunday, tip your glass to regional transit.
The $7 county vehicle registration fee for transit takes effect a bit later, July 1 in Orange and September 1 in Durham. The $3 TTA Durham/Orange regional fee surcharge is still plodding through the approval process.
Folks, it's almost here. Orange County Commissioners will hold mandatory public hearings on three items at 7 pm Tues 12/11 Southern Human Services Center Homestead Rd:
- 1/2% Durham/Orange sales tax,
- $7 annual Orange County vehicle registration fee, and
- $3 Durham/Orange vehicle registration fee.
Commissioners have all three items on the agenda right after the hearing. The Durham Commissioners had their hearing and final vote on the sales tax two weeks ago. If approved by Orange, then the TTA Board will vote on the sales tax Friday at 1 pm, and that will be final vote. Collections would begin 4/1/13.
For better or for worse, our local media works hard to give equal air time to both sides of the story. Some may fault them as giving too much voice to an opinion which represents a small minority of residents, others may thank them for giving life to a discussion. Regardless of what you think, it's sometimes difficult to cut through the noise. So where does the community stand on the whole?
It turns out that many people are uninformed or misinformed about the specifics of the transit tax and the plan. Foks don't even realize that there's a plan behind the tax referendum, and that a vote for the tax endorses it. If the
tax passes, the BoCC and TTA have the authority to levy the tax and
proceed with the plan. .
Without debating the pros and cons of transit , I hope that readers take a few minutes to
understand the plan. We sent the primer below to our mailing list. It includes
links to the plan and the financial information.
Primer on Transit Plan, Taxes and Fees
Voters will decide a 1/2
cent tax increase for transit. Please take a few minutes to learn about
this tax and the underlying plan before you vote.
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