North Carolina county sales tax measure yields high campaign spending
LEE COUNTY, North Carolina: Lee County voters decided on a sales tax increase on November 3, 2009, and voted in favor of measure. Campaigning for the measure, according to a local newspaper report, reached high levels of spending, both for the increase and against.
The ballot question raised the sales tax in the county from a quarter of a penny to 8 percent, with revenue being used to renovate Lee County High School. According to the report, The Lee County chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a group that was against the measure used campaign signs, automated phone calls and ads in the local newspaper ads. Those strategies are said to have a value of 7,044.55. The Lee Education Investment Committee, a group for the increase, reportedly collected $14,375 from donors as well.