Asheville North Carolina Seeing Sales Tax Benefits
- Jun 28, 2012 | Susan McLain
North Carolina state law states that “…county governments are responsible for funding infrastructure improvements, utilities and maintenance at community colleges.”
As a result, community colleges like Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) are forced to consider raising tuition or requesting funds through referendums like a sales tax referendum in order to handle repairs and upgrades to keep the colleges functioning. A-B Tech President Hank Dunn says “[r]aising tuition isn’t an option….The General Assembly sets the rates, which are the same for all the state’s community colleges.”
Though there was some opposition to the tax increase, it was approved last November. And now, the “…first improvements to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College as a result of an additional sales tax will be tangible….”
The County Commissioners have purchased a building at below market value that is adjacent to the northern edge of the main campus. Other improvements are in the planning stage, such as sidewalk and parking lot improvements, a new classroom building and a new building to house allied health programs.
The improvements are intended to help handle the expected increase in enrollment as well as to develop new jobs.