NC local governments work to convince on sales tax shift

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These are anxious times for local government officials when it comes to the North Carolina General Assembly.

The Senate again has passed a bill containing a retooled formula for distributing annually more than $2.5 billion in sales taxes for counties and municipalities.

Small, rural counties and the cities and towns inside them would benefit with more revenues. About 20 mostly urban or vacation destination counties likely would get less.

Local government leaders came to the Legislative Building last week to pressure House members to support or oppose the legislation.

The House could decide this week whether to accept or reject the Senate’s reallocation formula, now incorporated in economic incentives changes Gov. Pat McCrory wants. But McCrory threatened last month to veto a similar local sales tax rewrite.

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