Here is what your reporter missed:
First, it is HB 962, not 942 as reported at the end of the article.
Second, it is not limited to just the beach towns. It can be applied to any municipality in NC.
Third, the bill reads:
1 "§ 105-544.
(b) Use. – A municipality may use the net proceeds of a tax levied under this Article for
beach nourishment; street and sidewalk construction and improvements; traffic signals; street
lighting; street and directional signage; police, fire, and rescue services support; and services to
support public events and festivals."
So it is not limited to only beach re-nourishment. Will the Central Committee, er, Wilmington City Council use this bill to raise local sales taxes for other projects like street and sidewalk construction (despite a recent property tax increase supposedly for that purpose), or maybe "services to support public events and festivals" and siphon money off for other pet projects?
Please, WWAY, don't just parrot the press releases. Do a little investigation. What they may say it is, is not what is all that is in the bill.
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