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Beverage/Prepared Food Tax Revenues

In 1991 the North Carolina General Assembly made provision for a 1% beverage/prepared food tax for Mecklenburg County.  From 1991 until 2000, all of the revenues went to the city of Charlotte.


In 2000, Mayor Myers began discussions with the City of Charlotte and the other towns in Mecklenburg County to allow for a re-allocation of the beverage/prepared food revenue.  Mayor Myers argued that we needed to recognize that the towns were now substantial contributors and that they had needs, just as does the City of Charlotte.  Mayor Myers recognized the importance of Charlotte being the “economic engine” for the region and was willing to compromise on the percentage amount that would be returned to the towns. 

Unfortunately, the leadership of Charlotte was not willing to even discuss a compromise amount.  Mayor Myers took the issue to the North Carolina General Assembly, with the introduction of House Bill 715 in 2001.  Mayor Myers made several trips to Raleigh to advocate for the Town of Matthews, making powerful presentations before various committees.  The bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the Governor.  This returned revenue to the Town of Matthews for the year 2001-2002, was just under $300,000.00. 

Mayor Myers continued his advocacy and further revised the percentages to come back to the towns in subsequent years.  In the current budget year 2006-2007, it is anticipated that the total revenues will exceed $500,000.00 and this number will continue to increase in the future.

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