WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It ain't over til it's over! That's the attitude of a defeated new hanover county commission candidate. Justin LaNasa continues fighting the county's new sales tax hike by holding the county to the letter of the law. Though the bickering continues, some county commissioners say they're on track to get the tax enacted by October 1.
The process of getting the quarter-cent sales tax increase enacted has had a bumpy road. Lanasa challenged the vote. The county and state boards of elections dismissed the challenge, but LaNasa say the paperwork telling him that has not been served to him "legally."
"This is the letter that new hanover county commissioners and board of elections said I was served with," LaNasa said of the mail delivered to his house while he was out of town on vacation last week. "I see first class mail here. The process to serve it would be either registered or certified mail or in person, and I have not met anyone in person. This is the only mail I have received, and it is not registered or even certified."
LaNasa says he has spoken out on the sales tax increase because he claims some commissioners, namely Jason Thompson, used illegal tactics to get the tax approved.
"Every day Monday through Friday I'm at the same place," Thompson said. "Please send the SBI, the FBI, the CIA. Just come arrest me if I did something wrong."
Thompson denies the allegations and says the focus should be on getting the paperwork done that would allow the county to start collecting the increase tax October 1 rather than the beginning of the year. If not, Thompson says the county will miss out on the opportunity to cash in on nearly a million dollars during the the holiday shopping season.
"It's vital," Thompson said. "For delay tactics and things like Mr. LaNasa is trying to do, those would hurt every citizen tremendously. A million dollars, that's a big piece of it right there."
LaNasa plans to appeal of the state Board of Elections' dismissal of his challenge in Wake County Superior Court. Thompson said no matter what is being said or done by others, the county has done everything legally to move forward with the tax increase.