Article 46 Sales and Use Tax
2020 PRIMARY REFERENDUM
0.25% SALES TAX
The one-quarter cent 0.25% Sales Tax is a source of funding that can grow as Chatham County grows and could benefit these key areas:
*Education* *Affordable Housing*
*Parks & Recreation* *Agricultural Preservation & Enhancement*
KNOW THE FACTS
Chatham is currently tied as the LOWEST sales tax rate among our neighboring counties:
VOTE on March 3, 2020
(Early Voting Feb 13-29)
What does the 0.25% sales tax mean?
In 2007, as part of its Medicaid relief package, the N.C. General Assembly authorized counties to either levy a land transfer tax or a one-quarter cent (0.25%) sales tax - subject to voter approval.
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners - responding to what residents said - chose to put the sales tax on the March 3, 2020 primary election ballot.
What will I see on the ballot?
Vote "FOR" if you ARE in favor of the sales tax.
Vote "AGAINST" if you are NOT in favor of the sales tax.
Where do I vote?
Regular polling places will be open for this countywide election. For information on precinct locations, registration or One Stop Voting, call the Chatham County Board of Elections at 919-545-8500 or visit: chathamnc.org/elections
It's Common Cents
If you spend $4, your added cost would only be 1 penny!
The 0.25% sales tax does NOT apply to unprepared food or gasoline
SEAFORTH HIGH SCHOOL - Opening in 2021
Children should have the best educational environment possible and in communities with school facilities that support and promote economic vitality.
In addition to funding for school facilities, Chatham County contributes a salary supplement for its teachers and staff. These subsidies increase the pay of school employees beyond State standards. Sustaining a strong teacher salary supplement helps the County be competitive and recruit the best teachers.
Affordable Units Needed in Chatham County
Rising land values and limited affordable housing options throughout Chatham County hinders many residents from accessing quality housing that is affordable and sustainable. This gap in housing availability impacts everyone from teachers, firefighters, nurses, service industry workers and many others.
Bellemont Pointe in Pittsboro, NC - Affordable Housing Community in Chatham County
More than one-third of the households in Chatham County pay more than 30% of their income for housing, leaving fewer resources for healthcare, education, transportation and other needs.
Funding critical initiatives like the Chatham County Housing Trust Fund allows the County to fund developments and programs that lower the barriers for access to quality affordable housing in Chatham County.
Parks & Recreation
Chatham County operates 5 parks and two canoe launch areas throughout the County. A 6th in Moncure is also being planned. To meet the needs of the communities they serve, each park is planned to undergo significant improvements over the next several years.
Plans have already been approved for:
- Southwest District Park - Approx. Cost: $5.1 million
Earl Thompson Park - Approx. Cost: $2.8 million
Agricultural Preservation & Enhancement
Goals listed in the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan include:
Preserve the rural character and lifestyle of Chatham County
Preserve, protect, and enable agriculture and forestry
Conserve Natural Resources
Become more resilient by mitigating, responding and adapting to emerging threats
New and existing programs that encourage natural resource conservation, permanent ag land preservation, and overall agricultural literacy are essential for accomplishing these goals. The County’s Farmland Preservation Plan identifies such programs as “high priority”, which are estimated to cost $300,000-$500,000 annually.