Hotel Tax for infrastructure in NC

Hotel Tax for infrastructure in NC

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Lauren Patton started this petition to North Carolina General Assembly

NC Hotel taxes go to Advertising for hotels. This isn’t a tax it’s a publicly funded marketing budget.

North Carolina Hotel tax SHOULD go towards Public School Teacher Salaries, Public Transportation and Increased Public library hours. 

1.What: Bonuses for School Teachers in the county where the hotel is located. 

  • North Carolina is 37th in the U.S. and $9,600 below the national average.
  • A well funded School System will attract industry. When businesses are looking to expand one of the things they examine is the caliber of k-12 schools available in the area. 
  • Teachers have, by far, the single greatest measured impact on student success of any school factor. Sadly, despite this, 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia are experiencing severe teacher shortages. - Forbes 
  • If we want to attract and retain top talent in the teaching profession so that we can build a world-class K-12 public education system, we have no choice but to substantially raise teacher salaries. - Forbes

2. Public Transportation in the county where the hotel is located. What: Ever metro area in North Carolina needs more buses, more bus routes, better bus stops that provide shelter from the elements. More direct buses between different parts of town. Free shuttle services from outlying park and ride areas into city centers. Where feasible there should be light rail comparable to the one in Charlotte. Why:

  • Transit benefits outweigh transit costs in. According to a Cost-Benefit Analysis conducted by the Wisconsin DOT, the net present value of transit is always positive. An annual increase in (Wisconsin) state funding yielded a return of $3.61 on each $1 dollar spent on transit.
  • The same study also outlines the tendency for public transportation connectivity to stimulate local economies and businesses, often indirectly leading to job creation.
  • Reliance on transit has been estimated by the APTA to save riders $845 annually; this number increases to over $10,000 annually for automobile owners. 
  • The option to take public transit can completely change lives and make connections for people who are unable to operate motor vehicles due to disabilities.

3. Additional hours & staff at the public libraries.  

  • Libraries help revitalize struggling or depressed neighborhoods and downtowns. Place-based economic development stresses the importance of offering attractive, functional, and community-based places, such as libraries, in town squares and depressed neighborhoods. Like a major department store in a mall, libraries attract large numbers of people, creating economic opportunities for a myriad of businesses and organizations in the surrounding area. Large cities (such as Chicago), medium-sized ones (Hudson, Ohio), and even small towns (Putney, Vermont) have successfully transformed their libraries into the hubs of vibrant neighborhoods.
  • Libraries are important partners in sustainability. As key municipal agencies, and focal points for community education, libraries are major players in creating livable, environmentally friendly cities and towns. Beyond ensuring that library construction projects consider environmental impact, libraries can take a lead in supporting local foods and artisans, like the Peabody (Mass.) Institute Library’s (PIL) partnering with local businesses to pioneer a farmers’ market in their courtyard, or the Richmond (Calif.) Public Library’s (RPL) seed lending library which “nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing.
  • Libraries provide important business resources, especially for small local businesses like the District of Columbia Public Libraries (DCPL),  Enchanced Business Information Center (e-BIC) project. E-BIC includes not only business resources, but also a state-of-the-art video conference room, full-time librarian, and staff-training workshops. 4. Libraries serve Diverse Populations. 5. Libraries provide access to the arts for all, not just those who can afford them.
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