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Faced with less federal money, leaders talk meal taxes

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As federal funding for coastal communities declines, local leaders are working to figure out a way to make up for the lost money. One idea on the table – a meal tax on prepared foods and beverages.

Local leaders suggest this kind of tax would spread the costs of maintaining beaches, including dredging, more evenly. There’s no word on how much this tax could be potentially be, but it would be county-wide. Carolina Beach Mayor Don Wilcox says this option is one of many under consideration.

“The reason it came to surface, it’s being used in other counties for very similar purposes and it is a user based tax that would not put all the burden on the backs of the citizens,” Wilcox said.


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