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 Article 46 Sales and Use Tax



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  • Everybody pays, and everybody benefits

  • The Sales tax will be used to mitigate our need for future property tax increases

  • Non-residents pay sales tax, too, lessening the burden on property owners and elderly homeowners on fixed incomes. 

  • A one-quarter cent (0.25%) sales tax is estimated to generate 1.6 million in revenues


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*


Chatham is currently tied as the LOWEST sales tax rate among our neighboring counties:

County Tax Rate Map 2 - 2020 (1)

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:


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 Housing


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



County Parks Map 2


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.


Additional Article 46 Resources   

See Article 46 Resolution 1 

See Article 46 Resolution 2

See Article 46 Presentation