County wants new method of tax distribution

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution Monday that calls for a new redistribution system for state sales tax revenue that would benefit rural and poor counties such as Robeson.

A bill proposed by state Sen. Harry Brown, a Republican from Onslow County, is included in the Senate’s current budget proposal and calls for distributing sales tax revenue to counties based on population rather than the current system of distributing 75 percent of sales tax to counties where the tax is generated.

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will veto any legislation that attempts to meet the goal of Brown’s bill.

The resolution would be in support of the legislation known as the Fairness Act. County Manager Ricky Harris spoke in favor of the bill during a recent legislative news conference in Raleigh.

“It would be great for Robeson County,” Harris said. “It’s not fair to tax our property owners (for major capital projects) when sales tax money is available and we’re not getting our fair share.”

The commissioners also will hold a public hearing to consider an incentives package for Sanderson Farms, the poultry giant that is building a chicken-processing plant in St. Pauls and a hatchery in Lumberton.

The processing plant is estimated to be an investment of $115 million, and will eventually employ about 1,100 workers. The hatchery in Lumberton will up the number of new jobs by another 75.

In other business, the commissioners will:

— Hold public hearings on two conditional-use permit requests that will provide for the establishment of two solar farms. The first application is for a conditional-use permit for a 54-acre tract in a Residential Agricultural District in Wisharts. The applicant is Cedar Grove Solar LLC.

The second conditional-use permit request, by Barker Solar LLC and John P. Barker, is for a 43-acre tract in a Residential Agricultural District in Wisharts.

— Convene as the board of directors for the Robeson County Housing Authority to consider resolutions for a paving contract, auditor and salary study.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.

By Bob Shiles

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Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.


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