The following editorial appeared in the Lenoir News-Topic:
If you want a headache, go read Senate Bill 369, a proposal to change how sales tax revenue is distributed.
But the bill reads like a nightmare of centralized, bureaucratic micromanaging. Here is just one small part of the bill’s text:
The bill has been tweaked quite a bit since it originally was filed and came under almost immediate fire from the N.C. League of Municipalities. But the efforts to please everyone seem to be making a Frankenstein of a bill.
This has the feel of yet another issue that could stand some serious study. Why the rush to get this done this year? No one has complained about the current distribution of sales tax revenue.
Absent a crisis or glaring inequality, the prudent thing to do would be to send this bill to a study committee.
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