Referendum will help county parksas well as multi-generational center

By: Katelin Gandee - Staff writer

LAURINBURG — As November comes closer, so does the potential sales tax referendum, but the referendum isn’t just about a new multi-generational center.

On the November ballot, there will be a referendum to raise the sales tax, which is a tax paid on almost everything purchased in the county, that would raise the rates a quarter-of-a-penny. The sales tax increase would take the rate from 6.75 percent to 7 percent and will not create an increase in property tax.

The money raised from it would go straight to Parks and Recreation and would help fund the operating costs of the center but will also to help with different things in the department.

Bryan Graham, director of Scotland County Parks and Recreation, told the few members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board who attended the discussion Tuesday that the money itself goes to Parks and Recreation.

“If the sales tax referendum passes and it generates the money anticipated, there would probably be $100,000 annually that could go into the parks and facilities outside this facility (multi-generational center),” Graham said. “So every aspect of Parks and Recreation gets improved.”

Graham also presented a Parks and Recreation plan that spoke on the different issues in each of the parks, what needs to be done with each and what might need to be taken out. The plan is something that would take place over the next three to five years.

One of the things Graham included in the plans is the hope to have an inclusive playground since none of the parks in the county cater to children with disabilities.

The plan has been in the works for several months and will be revisited more in the November meeting when the board meets again as a quorum.

If the sales tax referendum does move forward, Graham has already been in contact with several local entities to help fund the construction of the building as well as looking into grants and meeting with different organizations to make sure that the center would qualify for the potential for the grants.


Katelin Gandee

Staff writer

Reach Katelin Gandee 910-506-3171 or [email protected]

Reach Katelin Gandee 910-506-3171 or [email protected]