Wake County Commissioners held a public hearing last night on the County’s proposed $914 million budget and to discuss how to pay for the growth in the county. Unfortunately, one thing on the agenda was the discussion of a 1% real estate transfer tax, also known as the homes sales tax. Civitas policy analyst Brian Balfour has written that this is nothing more than taxing the American dream.
In typical fashion, the leftist WakeUp Wake County organization spoke up in favor of the tax. However the most frustrating statement in the article was by a supposed "conservative":
Even former county commissioner Phil Jeffreys, speaking as a member of the fiscally conservative Wake County Taxpayer Association, was on board for a transfer tax.
"We need to make sure we go to the legislature and really push on real estate transfer fees," said Jeffreys, who was voted off the board in the last election after voting "no" on many spending proposals.
When the Wake County Taxpayer Association changed from an anti-tax group to a tax-increase advocacy group is unknown. Hopefully, Wake County Commissioners will know that he doesn’t speak for all of us.