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Entertainment tax forces commissioners to raise Airlie admission

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – It could cost you more to stop and smell the roses as a new entertainment tax goes into effect in the Tar Heel state.

The state entertainment tax went into effect on January 1st, but Monday night New Hanover County Commissioners took the first steps to implement it in New Hanover County.

"The foundation board of directors has worked very hard these last couple of months to find ways to efficiently implement the 7% sales tax that has been passed down and mandated from the state,” said Beth Dawson.

While the cost of admission at Airlie Gardens will remain $5 for New Hanover County residents, non-resident ticket costs are rising like the flowers they are coming to see, and at least one commissioner isn’t happy about it.

"For me it's pretty much a money grab from the state government trying to find ways to increase their budget as they've done tax reform across the state,” said Jonathan Barfield. “It's really going to hit a lot of non-profits and governmental entities throughout the state except for the state government itself."

According to Commissioner Barfield the tax is unfair since the state run facilities are exempt, and it shifts the burden to collect on local government.

"They're trying to find way to nickel and dime counties and cities to increase their budget but at the same time it's costing the local tax payers here money and I don't agree with that,” said Barfield.

"All across the state our other organizations will be feeling this impact,” said Dawson. “Our arts and theatre communities will be looking for efficient ways to handle this with the least impact on our citizens."

Chairman Woody White added a stipulation that the county reconsider the higher rates if the legislature offers a tax exemption for local governments.

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Tax

Why don't they just add the tax to the price of tickets for everybody? It is easy to see they are adding more than just the tax.

Better idea!

I have a better idea, why not make it free as promised when the county bought it! That fixes the tax problem. The Arboretum is free and their board has no problems raising money to make that happen.

I'm surprised

no one has jumped on the Blame McCrory bandwagon, yet.

Just remember, all of those billions of dollars borrowed by the former Governor's administration are now being repaid.

Think what $145,000,000 annually does to the state's ability to cover expenses and not raise taxes.

And let's not forget the $100,000 plus which Woody and cronies authorized in their failed attempt to amotion Berger out of Government.

So be certain to spread the blame.

Barfield

"For me it's pretty much a money grab from the state government trying to find ways to increase their budget as they've done tax reform across the state,” said Jonathan Barfield.

So sayeth the man who's never seen a tax dollar he couldn't spend.

"They're trying to find way to nickel and dime counties and cities to increase their budget but at the same time it's costing the local tax payers here money and I don't agree with that,” said Barfield.

Let me clue you in on something...we taxpayers don't agree with how you "nickel and dime" us.

well i guess they be losing

well i guess they be losing business. i have about 12 family members visiting in the spring who will not visit airle gardens . plus will not visit other place in wilmington , nc state going to lose out.

It's an additional 35 cents for Airlie Gardens

While I'm adamantly opposed to NC's new taxes, because they place a greater burden on those less able to pay, I don't think I would boycott Airlie Gardens just because of a 35 cent increase.