With the decision last night by the Orange County Commissioners that they were not going to put the transfer tax on the ballot this fall, it meant that the big three Triangle counties (Wake, Durham and Orange) have all deferred on putting the tax on the ballot this year.
Funny thing is, it was the representatives of those counties (Orange – Hackney, Durham – Luebke, Wake – Weiss) who were most adamant about giving the counties the option of the transfer tax. I thought these counties were "so desperate" for new revenue to deal with growth that they had to have the transfer tax? What happened?
Hmm… Liberal representatives in safe seats, insulated from voter backlash against raising taxes vs. county commissioners who, in many cases, have to run county-wide and face the voters.
I guess we know who won.