#ncga: A tax for YOU! One for YOU! And one for YOU!

A Lincoln County Republican legislator has introduced legislation allowing local politicians a little more leeway to raise taxes. Let’s look at Rep. Jason Saine’s HB 903: oprah

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED  AN ACT TO GIVE COUNTIES INCREASED FLEXIBILITY WITHIN THEIR CURRENT AUTHORITY FOR LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX, TO ENABLE CITIES TO MAINTAIN THEIR LEVEL OF SERVICE BY PROVIDING A REPLACEMENT SOURCE OF REVENUE FOR THE REPEALED CITY PRIVILEGE LICENSE TAX, TO PROVIDE STABILIZATION OF FUTURE MUNICIPAL REVENUES, AND TO MAKE OTHER CHANGES TO LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX LAWS […]

“Stabilization of revenues” ?  That sounds like the same weasel words they used to “sell” the gas tax “cut” that’s NOT REALLY a cut.

The current modus operandi is for localities to seek approval to even consider raising taxes on their residents. This bill appears to be a bone tossed to the League of Municipalities to talk them off the ledge they stepped out on following the House’s elimination of city privilege license taxes. 

This Article is the County Sales and Use Tax Act. Article 43 of this Chapter, Article 46 of 15 this Chapter, and this Article give the counties of this State an opportunity to choose a flexible  mix of sales tax revenues with which to meet their needs. A county may choose to use this source of revenue to finance local public transportation systems, as provided in Article 43 of 18 this Chapter, or for general purposes, as provided in this Article and Article 46 of this Chapter.

Ahem.  Light rail, anyone ????shake

 

“§ 105-513.2. Levy. 20 (a) Authority. – The board of county commissioners may levy a local sales and use tax  at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) upon the occurrence of any of the following: (1) By resolution, if a majority of those voting in a special election held  pursuant to subsection (b) of this section approve the levy of the local sales  and use tax and the county has given not less than 10 days’ public notice. (2) By resolution, if no election has been held within five years under the  provisions of subsection (b) of this section in which the tax has been  defeated and the county has given not less than 10 days’ public notice of and  held a public hearing.  (b) Ballot Question. – The form of the question to be presented on a ballot for a special  election concerning the levy of the tax authorized by this Article shall be:  “[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST  Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to the current  local sales and use taxes.”

[…] A city council may, by resolution, levy a city sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter  percent (0.25%). This tax is in addition to any other State or local sales and use taxes. Before  adopting a resolution under this section, the council must give at least 10 days’ public notice of 8 its intent to levy the tax and must hold a public hearing on the proposed levy.  […]

A city may use the net proceeds of a tax levied under this Article for any public purpose.”

*Um, Viva la (conservative) revolucíon!*

5 thoughts on “#ncga: A tax for YOU! One for YOU! And one for YOU!

  1. This is just another bill that shows how liberal Rep. Saine has become. I remember when he was running for office and how conservative he was while talking and trying to convince everyone. All he does now is raise money and vote with the Democrats until he gets home. Then it’s Jeckle and Hyde. He explains we don’t understand because he knows everything and somewhere in his mind he believes he is a super awesome great Republican. All we see is him voting with the Dems. Simply put its the” Insanity of Saine”

    1. It sounds like Rep. In-Saine needs a primary.

      If memory serves, wasn’t he on unemployment for an extended time before he snagged an appointment to a vacant seat in the House? I wonder if a political defeat would qualify him to get back on unemployment?

  2. But just last summer Jason Saine was named “ALEC Legislator of the Year” for the entire US, for “organizing a successful ALEC tax academy in North Carolina and for being a leader in advancing free market principles.”

    And he’s ALEC NC State Chairman. He’s a ‘Made Guy’.

    He’s also the guy who wrote the back door into the state’s “moratorium” on drones. Legislators who voted for the 2013 budget were surprised to see that the moratorium wasn’t as airtight as they thought. Rep. Saine made sure that the State’s Chief Information Officer could issue waivers to that moratorium, for purposes of a “testing” program for drones. (The person currently in that office is a recent executive at Booz Allen Hamilton – the NSA contractor that Edward Snowden used to work at. No red flags there, right?)

    And issue the waivers he has – for, among other things, testing of drones at the private military contractor once known as ‘Blackwater’. For domestic purposes. What could go wrong?

    1. Years ago, ALEC was a solid conservative group, but it has fallen under the influence of the crony capitalists. It now operates in a way to serve them, rather than conservative principle.

      A good example is that squish Thom Tillis was their big cheese in NC before he went to the Senate, and got awards from them.

      1. There were actually two ALEC big cheeses in NC – Thom Tillis and Rep. Tim Moffitt were both ALEC Board members. Tillis moved on up, but Moffitt, who was once talked about as a possible successor, lost his seat in what should have been a safe GOP district.

        What made local conservatives unhappy with him? Using the power of the State to seize the water system owned by the City of Asheville, supporting PPPs like the I-77 HOT lane project, and his role in the drone legislation that got snuck into the budget last year.

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