Voters to decide Beer-Wine and
Sales Tax Issue
County voters head to the polls in a couple
of months, they will be voting on candidates
for various offices....Commissioners, Board
of Ed members, Sheriff and numerous others.
There will be two other issues on the
ballot. One is the issue of selling
fortified and unfortified beverages
throughout the county. Another is
whether to approve a 1/4% sales tax to be
used for capital projects for the school
If the beer and wine issue
is approved by voters, any area of the
county will be allowed to sell the products.
If it is defeated, areas now approved to
sell will not be affected. They will
be allowed to continue as is.
issue has drawn comments from those for
and against. Rev. Bruce Cannon is
leading the opposition, working through
churches in the county. Ron Taylor,
owner of Lu Mil Vineyard and a bottler of
wine, made the initial request to the Board
of Commissioners for the issue to be added
to the ballot. Among his contentions
was that farmers can grow grapes, but wine,
the end product, can only be sold in certain
areas of the county. It is expected
to continue to be a hotly contested issue.
Voting will occur in the May 6 Primary.
The sales tax issue will also be
decided in May. Bladen County school
leaders made a request for a $60 million
bond referendum to the Board of
Commissioners last year. Supporters of
that issue appear to have backed away from
that request. However, the need for
capital improvements continue to mount.
The Bladen County Board of Education website
features a list of projects that need to be
addressed. If approved, estimates are
that $446,152 could be derived from the
approval of the tax on an annual basis.
It has also been noted that approval of the
sales tax would mean tourist would
contribute to the proceeds.