Sales tax distribution vote Sunday

Published 9:46 am Thursday, March 31, 2016

County Manager Mike Ruffin’s proposal to have commissioners decide whether to change the way sales taxes are distributed created an uproar among town leaders and residents.

Among the more vocal are those from Cooleemee. The loss in tax revenue to that town just about equals the cost of the police department. Town officials say the only option would be to do away with the department.

Mocksville cited, among other reasons, economic development concerns, Bermuda Run, concerns dealing with emergencies.

In April, counties can decide how sales taxes are distributed – on an ad valorem basis, or per capita basis. Changing the way they have always been distributed in Davie County would mean about $1.4 million more to the county’s coffers, and that much less to the three towns.

Commissioners have not said how they plan to vote in past public meetings, only that they will take all sides into consideration before making a decision.

That vote is expected Monday night at 6 when the commissioners meet on the second floor of the county administration building in Mocksville.