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Monday, February 8, 2016
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What about sales tax?
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Sales Tax Distribution chart

Even though most of the sales tax collected in New Hanover County comes from Wilmington (83%), the city only receives a small percentage (21%) back from New Hanover County. The rest goes to the beach towns and other parts of the county.

Did You Know?
  • Even though the sales tax rate increased in spring 2010, the city did not receive any of the increase.
  • New Hanover County controls how the sales tax dollars are spent within the county and how much the city will receive.
  • By law, as the county's property tax rate goes up, the city's share of sales tax revenue goes down.
  • The amount of sales tax dollars the city receives from New Hanover County has been decreasing over the past several years.
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