Big change: Asheville, cities may get sales tax

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Cities around North Carolina may get the option to create their own sales taxes, a potentially historic move in a state where local governments have limited taxing authority. A bill in the state House would allow counties and cities to levy a quarter-cent sales tax and use the proceeds as they wish. The new revenue would ease pressure on property owners and give local governments more options after the state eliminates a business tax this summer, state lawmakers supporting the bill said. Mayor Esther Manheimer said she didn’t know if a majority of the City Council would support adding a sales tax, but called it a “positive opportunity” that would allow the city to collect more tourist dollars.

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