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​Funding Arts, Parks and Education with Quarter-Cent Sales Tax to be Decided in November


First Ward ParkWhen voters head to the polls on Nov. 5, they will have the opportunity to decide whether to support a referendum that would levy an additional quarter-cent sales tax on goods and services purchased in Mecklenburg County.

If passed, the quarter-cent sales tax would generate approximately $50 million per year and help fund an array of arts and culture programs, parks and greenways, education programs and other services for residents.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to add the referendum to the ballot at its July 2 regular meeting, Watch the video.

If the measure passes, funding percentages are expected to be:

  • Arts and Culture - 45%
  • County Parks and Greenways - 34%
  • Education (teacher supplement) - 16%
  • Arts and Culture/Parks for the Towns - 5%



The Board and the public received updates on the referendum at the Sept. 4 regular meeting (watch here) and its Sept. 10 budget and public policy meeting (watch it here). Commissioners also adopted a resolution outlining guidelines for the Arts and Science Council governance feamework during its Oct. 1 meeting. View the resolution here. Watch the meeting here.

Additional information is also available at

Updates on the sales tax referendum will be included in this story as they develop.

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