Voters to Decide Whether to Fund Public School Expenses with ¼¢ Sales Tax

Cabarrus County voters have the opportunity to vote in a special election May 17 in a referendum for a proposed ¼¢ sales tax. Revenues from this sales tax would be used to pay off the $500 million in school construction debt resulting from the construction of 17 new public school facilities and 18 school renovations or additions during the past decade.

This sales tax would be distributed equally among all county residents, not just property owners, as well as among the approximately 4 million visitors to Cabarrus County each year. The levy of an Article 46 one-quarter cent (1/4¢) County Sales and Use Tax would provide a new revenue source by generating approximately $4.6 million annually for the County.

If the proposed ¼ ¢ sales tax levy does not pass, then an equivalent property tax rate increase of 2.2¢ would be required.

All voters registered with the Cabarrus County Board of Elections are eligible to vote in this advisory referendum. Residents of the county who are not registered to vote must register by Monday, April 25, 2011, to be eligible to vote in this referendum.

The polls will be open for voting Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. All County precincts will be open for this advisory referendum.

Registered voters can cast their ballots early beginning Thursday, April 28 by visiting the Board of Elections office at 53 Corban Aveenue in Concord during the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm Mondays through Fridays. The last day for early voting is Saturday, May 14 between 8:30 am and 1 pm.

For more information about the election process, polling places or voter registration, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/Elections. For more information about the sales tax referendum, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/News/SalesTaxReferrendum.html.