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Originally published: 2014-03-17 10:55:26
Last modified: 2014-03-17 10:56:12

Boone Council to discuss sales tax, park licenses

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Town Council will consider taking action Tuesday to formally request that the Watauga County Board of Commissioners reinstate the per capita method of local sales tax distribution.

The council's monthly meeting takes place at 6:30 pm. Tuesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 20, at the council chambers, located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone.

The commissioners' 2013 decision to switch distribution from a per capita method to an ad valorem method has resulted in a loss of $1.3 million in sales tax revenue to the town through February, Boone Town Manager Greg Young told the council at its annual budget retreat March 4.

The council is also slated to consider an extension of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association's license of the town-owned Daniel Boone Park property, as well as plans for repairs at the park's amphitheater. SAHA produces the outdoor drama "Horn in the West" at the amphitheater and also operates the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum at the park.

Earlier this month, the town's Cultural Resources Advisory Board recommended approval of the repair plans and an extension of SAHA's license. The council will also discuss the Watauga County Farmers' Market license for use of the property.

The council will once again discuss proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments related to appointments of extraterritorial jurisdiction representatives on the town's Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The council tabled the discussion in January to give the town and county attorneys more time to discuss the amendments.

A representative from the town's Historic Preservation Commission will appear before the council to request funding for a historic survey.

A Transportation Committee member will present a recommendation to the council to install a speed hump on Green Street, and consultant Alta Greenways will present the final draft of the Boone Bicycle Plan.

The council will also continue a discussion of the town council's meeting schedule that began at the March 4 annual budget retreat. Council members discussed the possibility of returning to one regular monthly meeting night per month instead of two. The council currently meets each month on the third Tuesday and following Thursday.

During Thursday's portion of the meeting, Standard at Boone is scheduled to reappear as part of a water allocation request continued from the February council meeting.

Town staff has calculated a usage of 97,879 gallons per day for the mixed-use project slated to replace the Scottish Inn and Red Carpet Inn buildings on Blowing Rock Road, but Standard at Boone representatives said they believe the actual usage will be significantly less than that amount.

For more information about the meeting, call (828) 268-6200 or visit