Wake County Briefs

Wake board, commissioners clash over tax break

From Staff ReportsAugust 14, 2008 

— Wake County commissioners and school board members clashed again Wednesday over how to take advantage of a law that could save tax dollars.

Commissioners and school board members have tried to take advantage of a state law that says county governments -- but not school boards -- are exempt from paying sales taxes.

The school board wants to know whether the county could qualify for the exemption by leasing the schools rather than taking over the title. Board Chairwoman Rosa Gill asked commissioners to join in seeking a legal opinion from the state.

But commissioners' Chairman Joe Bryan said they can't agree to make the request until they know a lease will save taxpayers money.

Gill said the school board will send a letter now on its own.

The school district now regularly transfers titles to the county. But commissioners have said school district delays in making the transfers have cost taxpayers more than $600,000.

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