Article 46 (One-Quarter Cent) Sales and Use Tax

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Background |  Finances | Initiatives


In the November 2011 election, Orange County voters approved the Article 46 One-Quarter Cent (1/4 cent) County Sales and Use Tax, which became effective on April 1, 2012. 

The Sales and Use Tax is estimated to generate approximately $2.5 million, annually. In June 2011, the County and school systems outlined potential initiatives that could be funded by the tax, if approved. The Board of County Commissioners approved a ten-year commitment to allocate the proceeds as follows:

  • 50% of the funding will be allocated equitably between the County’s two school systems, based on the Average Daily Membership (ADM) of each school system, for the dedicated purpose of funding capital projects, including but not limited to, facility improvements at older schools and the procurement of technology.
  • 50% of the funding will be allocated to Orange County Economic Development initiatives, including funding infrastructure improvements needed to recruit new businesses and expand existing businesses; funding for business loans and grants to grow businesses in Orange County; targeted business recruitment, retention, and expansion efforts; and community branding and marketing.

Financial Tracking and Collection

The funds remain separate from the County’s General Fund, in a Special Revenue Fund, to allow for more isolated and accurate tracking of revenues and expenditures.

The NC Department of Revenue (DOR) coordinates the collection and distribution of sales tax revenue.  County receipt of sales tax revenue can take upwards of three months. For more information, please refer to the DOR’s Sales Tax Distribution and Closeout Schedule.

The tables, in the PDF file below, below outline revenue collected and expenses incurred, since the tax's inception. The tables are updated by the fifth of each month, with the prior month's information. All revenue and expense figures have been rounded to the nearest dollar. Please direct any questions or comments to

Download Revenue and Expense Report - October 2014 - Updated 11/21/2014


Economic Development Initiatives

A listing of current County and School initiatives can be accessed via the link below. Please contact the school systems for school project information.

FY 2014-15 Use of Sales Tax Revenue - County and School Initiatives

County Projects Funded by Article 46 Sales and Use Tax Revenue
Project Name: Buckhorn Mebane Phase 2 Water and Sanitary Sewer Project
Approved: June 2012
Budget: $4,591,546

November 2012 - $4 million bid award and construction contract approval to J.F. Wilkerson Contracting (Morrisville, NC), for sewer system installation. (more)