Sales Tax

Passed 1/4-Cent Sales Tax On

November 6, 2018

Details About The Voter Referendum

These funds will support education by helping fund Moore County Schools capital construction projects.

Moore County Schools Construction Projects


How Much Will This Cost Me?

Below you will find Tax Impact Calculations. This tax does NOT apply to gas, prescription medication or unprepared food (i.e. produce, canned goods, boxed items, packaged meats, chips) purchases.

Purchase of $4

2.5 Pennies

Local Option Sales Tax = 1 Penny

Purchase of $100

0.25 Cents

Local Option Sales Tax = 1 Quarter

Purchase of $400


Local Option Sales Tax = 1 Dollar

Impact Calculator: Purchase of $0



$0 x 0.0025 = 0 Cents

Frequently Asked Questions


The form of the ballot question for the additional 0.25% sales tax is mandated by NC General Statute 105-537(c). Please see below:
“[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST
Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use tax.”

The 1/4-cent local option sales tax is projected to generate $2.5 to $3.5 million yearly, which will be an additional source of funding to support education. 

The revenue will remain in Moore County and will be dedicated to Moore County Schools capital construction projects.

No. The local-option sales tax does not apply to unprepared food (i.e. groceries), gas, or prescription medication purchases. For a better understanding of what constitutes as an unprepared food, below are additional resources.

NC General Statute 105-164.13B. Food exempt from tax

NC Department of Revenue Notice: Taxation of Food and Prepared Food



The additional 1/4-cent local option sales tax will cost one penny for every four dollar purchase. Exemptions from the tax include gas purchases and unprepared food.

The revenue generated by the sales tax will support education by funding capital construction projects to address capacity and to replace existing aging structures. Four new elementary schools as well as classrooms, labs, and an auxiliary gym at North Moore High School are now underway, with an additional nearly $72 million in identified capital and maintenance projects for existing structures needed over the next twenty years. 

Travel and tourism is a large and important aspect of Moore County's economy, bringing in visitors from around the globe. Visitors will also be paying the sales tax as they spend money within Moore County, and thus these non-residents will share in the cost of education improvements. 

Yes, since the legislature granted counties authority to seek voter approval, many counties have placed the referendum on a local ballot. Some of the surrounding and nearby counties include Cumberland, Lee, Randolph, Robeson, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Durham, Orange, Harnett, Anson, Rowan, and Davidson. A total of 38 NC counties have adopted the 1/4-cent sales tax.

Moore County Board of Commissioners

Catherine Graham, Chair | District I

Otis Ritter, Vice Chair | District III

Louis Gregory, District II

Frank Quis, District IV

Jerry Daeke, District V


Moore County Schools Board of Education

Helena Wallin-Miller, Chair

Elizabeth Carter, Vice Chair

Stacey Caldwell, District I

To Be Filled, District III

Dr. Betty Wells Brown, District IV

Bruce Cunningham, District V

Ed Dennison, At-Large

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