Halifax County officials pushing for referendum to start retail sales tax to fund school improvements

Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 6:06 PM EDT
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After hearing reports from their study about Halifax County High School during Monday night's Board of Supervisors meeting, the board passed a resolution to get a referendum on the ballot.

The referendum would be a yes or no question asking:

"Should Halifax County be authorized to levy a general retail sales tax at a rate to not exceed one percent, provided the revenue from the sales tax shall be used solely for capital projects for the construction or renovation of schools in Halifax County and that the sales tax shall expire by September 30, 2051?"

Halifax county became the only county in the state with the power to levy a sales tax for capital improvements on it's schools, after the general assembly passed a law earlier this year.

However, the law states that the tax cannot exceed one percent.

If a judge approves the referendum by August 16th, it will be added to the ballot in November.

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