Melvin “Skip” Alston, who chairs the council of commissioners, said a sales tax is one way to avoid raising property taxes. He added that the $ 1.7 billion bond debt could cost the county $ 45 million per year in payments and that the sales tax would bring in nearly half of that amount.
District 6 Commissioner James Upchurch, who voted against the quarter-cent sales tax proposal, said his constituents voted “by an overwhelming majority” against the latest sales tax proposal in 2020.
Also Thursday, the commissioners voted to give up to $ 316,000 in economic development incentives to two companies.
The board of directors has granted RPM Wood Finishes Group up to $ 177,227 if it chooses to expand in Greensboro.
The company said it is considering Greensboro and other locations for a new operation that will be worth $ 19.5 million and employ 53 workers.
The Hickory-based company manufactures coatings for wood and furniture under various brands.
The city council granted RPM an incentive of $ 160,729 on Wednesday.
TAT Piedmont could receive up to $ 139,400 if it chooses a location in Greensboro. The company plans to invest $ 13.4 million and hire 85 workers.
TAT Piedmont repairs and overhauls aviation components near the Piedmont Triad International Airport.