North Carolina Members Launch Revolt against Higher Taxes

FreedomWorks members in Yadkin County, North Carolina urged the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners not to increase their property taxes at a public budget hearing. The proposed budget for the 2007-2008 budget cycle

would raise the property-tax rate by 8 cents to pay for a $7 million jail and $26.5 million project to build two new middle schools.

The Yadkin County Manager, Eric Williams, called for a 12% increase in the budget from 2006-07. The total for the 2007-08 budget would be $35.7 million. This includes not only a 8 cent increase per $100 in property value, but a $60 solid waste household fee.

The commissioners discussed the budget and took no action.

A FreedomWorks member from Yadkin County emailed that the meeting was a "packed house and a full lobby outside." She also said few people spoke in favor of the tax increase, while most citizens spoke openly against it, or even "booed" the tax increase.

To read more about the public hearing on the 2007-08 budget for Yadkin County click here.