Commisioners Ask State Rep. Boles for Help
The Moore County Board Commissioners is asking state Rep. Jamie Boles to amend local legislation authorizing the room occupancy tax.
At a Tuesday meeting the board voted to seek a change in the local bill to use a portion of the 3 percent room occupancy tax to support the Moore County Airport.
“Our goal is to take care of the local match to the FAA without using taxpayer money,” said board chairman Nick Picerno.
In order to draw down federal grants for airport improvements, the county must appropriate a 5 percent match, which can be a large sum when the grant is in the million dollar range.
Under the existing bill, all of the tax money is designated for operation of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which promotes tourism initiatives in the county.
Earlier in the meeting the board learned that Moore County’s tax is among the lowest tourism taxes in the state. Most counties levy a tax of 5 or 6 percent.
However, Picerno said Boles had informed him that he does not favor introducing any bill that raises taxes in this session of the General Assembly.
The board was working with a minimum quorum Tuesday when only three of the five commissioners were present. Vice-chairman Jimmy Melton was hospitalized with chest pains, and former chairman Tim Lea was recuperating at home from injuries sustained Sunday in a horse riding accident.
Because two commissioners were absent, the hearing on the controversial Pine Forest rezoning request was continued once again, this time until their next meeting on March 15.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners awarded two contracts for construction of Phase 3 of the East Moore Water District. They went to low bidders McArthur Construction, $1,141,993, for Contract 1 and T.A. Loving Company, $1,129,875, for Contract 2. The awards are contingent upon approval by the county attorney. The rural development agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the district a $5 million loan to construct Phase 3.
The board also adopted a resolution supporting the town of Robbins request for economic designation enabling the municipality to market its qualifications for BRAC and other business initiatives.
More details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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