1/4 cent sales tax on ballot

Published 9:48 am Thursday, November 1, 2018

Davie voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide not only on state and national offices, but for a local sales tax and local offices.

Voters in the Advance Fire District will decide whether to form a fire tax district, which would allow the county to levy additional property taxes for fire protection in that district only. That paper ballot must be cast on Tuesday at the regular polling places in that fire district.

Davie County Commissioners put a .25 cent sales and use tax on the ballot, with all of the proceeds going to emergency services, including local volunteer fire departments, which would receive some $40,000 more funding each. That tax would not apply to groceries, prescription medication, gasoline, motor vehicles and some agricultural items.

Commissioners said the sales tax is more fair than a property tax, as visitors to the county would also pay.

Three members will be elected to the Davie County Board of Education. Republicans David Carroll, Clint Junker and Lori Smith seek the seats along with Democrat Vicky Moore and independent, Barbara Owens.

Voters will choose between Republican incumbent Julia Howard and Democratic challenger Bonnie Clark in a race for a seat in the N.C. House.

Running unopposed locally are Republican Sheriff J.D. Hartman, Republicans Benita Finney and James V. Blakley for the county board of commissioners, and Ellen Drechsler for clerk of court.

The district court judge positions are also drawing a lot of interest, with Mary F. Covington being challenged by April Crowson, Carlos Jane` being challenged by Shelby Chase, and April Wood being challenged by Roy McDonald. Wayne L. Michael, Carlton Terry and Jimmy Myers are unopposed in their races for judge. All are Republicans.

The 22B judicial district includes Davie and Davidson counties.

Craig Myers and Arnold Weatherman are unopposed for seats on the Davie Soil and Water Conservation District.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on election day.