A young child experiences clay in the Hickory Grove community.

Transformational – that’s what the upcoming November 5th Referendum will mean for Mecklenburg County.

When people ask me why I’m supporting the quarter-cent sales tax referendum, I tell them it’s going to transform our county. It’s the right time.  It’s the right thing to do. It’s about building a better community for all of us.

The November referendum will provide $50 million for our parks, arts and education. When you vote FOR the referendum you will be voting to increase salaries for CMS teachers and putting more support staff into the classrooms.

When you vote FOR the referendum you will voting to expand our parks and greenways;

When you vote FOR the referendum you will be enhancing neighborhood arts, and cultural programs – extending the arts in every single community.

The quarter-cent sales tax will mean you pay 05 cents for every $20 dollars you spend. That’s a small price to pay to make a big difference in the lives our citizens. The current tax rate is 7.25 percent. The new tax rate will be 7.50 percent.

The sales tax does not apply to groceries, gasoline or prescription drugs.

Passing the referendum will enable Mecklenburg County to reach across our communities providing our citizens with better services and uplifting our quality of life – and allowing us to remain competitive when new businesses and industry are looking at locating in our county.

Together, we can improve our quality of life. Let’s make an investment in our future.

Vote for our kids; vote for our community, vote for all of us.

Paid for by Partnership for A Better Mecklenburg

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Darrell Williams is a former four-term Mecklenburg County Commissioner and partner at Neighboring Concepts, a Charlotte-based architectural consulting firm.