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Bladen schools feel impact of rejected sales and use tax

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The Sales and Use Tax would have been used to tax one fourth of one penny sales to generate revenue for improvements to the Bladen County School System, meaning the total sales tax rate would equal 7%. The Sales and Use Tax would have been used to tax one fourth of one penny sales to generate revenue for improvements to the Bladen County School System, meaning the total sales tax rate would equal 7%.
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The Sales and Use Tax referendum did not passed in Bladen County.

The Sales and Use Tax would have been used to tax one fourth of one penny sales to generate revenue for improvements to the Bladen County School System, meaning the total sales tax rate would equal 7%.

The official results were 5822 vote against and 2276 for the tax.

The sales tax will remain at its current rate.

According to the school officials, during the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Bladen County School System experienced state budget cuts of $2,362,335.00.

The one-fourth of one penny sales tax increase would have generated annually an estimated $450,000 of revenue.

Superintendent Robert Taylor released a official statement on Wednesday regarding the vote.

I'm going to continue to go to the commissioners to talk about the needs that we have. The condition of the schools will continue to deteriorate if we don't have funding to do adequate maintenance. Each citizen of Bladen County must ask themselves "Do the children of this county deserve quality school facilities, or facilities that are maintained through patchwork?"  Our commitment is to provide students with the best possible education, from the best possible teachers, in the best possible schools. We'll keep doing what we do every day - preparing students to be global, world-class leaders.

Leading up to the election, the school released a video featuring major facilities issues within the school system like broken doors, windows and leaking roofs.

Taylor pointed out specific issues that could have been fixed using the funds from the Sales and Use tax.

Public Relations and Information Officer also released a statement on Wednesday about the referendum.

I'm disheartened by the results of the vote. But, I appreciate the support that the roughly 2,200 voters gave to Bladen County Schools. While the cost to taxpayers would have been minimal, the proposed amount of revenue that the sales tax referendum could have generated would've made a big difference in the quality of buildings we educate children in. Unless the school system receives additional capital improvement monies from the state and/or local levels, we'll have no option but to keep applying a band-aid to repairs.

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