Why This Matters: In November, Mecklenburg County residents will vote on a one-quarter percent sales tax to support arts and culture, parks and greenways and education.
By Krista Terrell
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
There is an important referendum on the November ballot for Mecklenburg County voters that will support Parks, Arts and Education through a one-quarter percent (0.25%) sales tax. The tax is the equivalent of five cents (.05) for every twenty dollars ($20).
The tax does not apply to groceries, gasoline or prescription medicine.
The ballot will give you the option of voting “For” or “Against” a one-quarter percent increase in the sales tax. Our state legislature doesn’t allow the ballot to include a reminder that the increase will benefit parks, arts and education. So please look for the Mecklenburg County Sales Use Tax on the ballot and vote FOR it. This is about investing in our communities, our children, our artists and our teachers to make Mecklenburg an even better place to live.
The revenue (approximately $50 million per year) will be invested in Mecklenburg in four ways:
- 45% ($22.5 million) to restore and expand arts, science and history education in public schools, enable cultural programs that reach deep into neighborhoods and ensure residents have access to arts and culture regardless of where they live or what they can afford
- 34% ($17 million) in increased funding for our parks and greenways to revitalize our system, which was ranked near the bottom of a recent national study of metropolitan parks systems
- 16% ($8 million) for increased teacher supplements and additional classroom support, such as psychologists and teacher assistants
- 5% ($2.5 million) for arts and culture programs and parks in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.
Absentee Voting By Mail
To complete your absentee ballot by mail, you must request an absentee ballot from the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections no later than Monday, October 28, by completing the Absentee Ballot Request Form. An application and ballots will be mailed to you after receipt of a completed form. If you have children registered to vote and enrolled in college, please encourage them to vote via absentee ballot.
In-person early voting, or one-stop absentee voting, will begin Wednesday, October 16, and end Friday, November 1. Early voting times and locations will be posted on the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.
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This new revenue will be transformational for Mecklenburg families and enhance our quality of life and community enrichment throughout the county.