Published: Dec 07, 2012 07:11 PM
Modified: Dec 07, 2012 07:13 PM
CHAPEL HILL - The Orange County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider a half-cent sales tax and higher vehicle registration fees for transit. It will be held at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road.
Voters approved the sales tax increase (a nickel on a $10 purchase) Nov. 6. The money raised from the sales tax, a $7 local vehicle registration fee and an additional $3 regional registration fee will be shared by Triangle Transit, Orange Public Transportation and Chapel Hill Transit. Triangle Transit already charges a $5 fee.
The money will supplement the county’s share of a $1.4 billion plan for better bus services and a 17.3-mile light-rail line from UNC Hospitals to Durham, with other projects.
Last month, Durham County approved collecting its half-cent sales tax for the project starting April 1.