Equine Referendum Vote Taking Place March 8

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Equine Referendum Vote Taking Place March 8

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The NC Horse Council (NCHC) plans to hold an equine referendum to extend the Horse Industry Promotion Assessment, which was first authorized in 1999. The referendum will be conducted in all of NC’s 100 counties with voting at county extension offices on March 8, 2017. There are absentee ballots available through the NCHC if you are unable to attend on the day of voting that are available beginning Feb 22nd. Cleveland County Cooperative Extension is located at 130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152. Phone – 704-482-4365.
What the referendum currently is:
An assessment (not a tax) of $2 per ton paid by manufacturers of horse feed sold in NC and this must be voted on for renewal every 3 years.
What the proposed referendum vote is:
An assessment (not a tax) of $4 per ton paid by manufacturers of horse feed sold in NC and this must be voted on for renewal every 10 years.

What is the cost to horse owners?
The estimated average cost per horse per year is $2.2.5 to $4.00 depending on your choice of feed. Horse owners are permitted to request a refund (must be submitted to the NCHC within one year of purchase and must be accompanied by proof of purchase).

What is the purpose of the assessment?
To provide funds to the NC Horse Council for the purpose of promoting the interests of the NC Horse Industry.

What is the NCHC?
The NCHC is the organization recognized as representing the interests of the horse owners in North Carolina.

How much revenue will the assessment generate?
Based on collections from the first two years of the assessment, annual receipts on the current referendum are approximately $200,000.

How can I contact/find out more about the North Carolina Horse Council?
NCHC
4904 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 290
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-854-1990 (phone)

919-854-1989 (fax)
www.nchorsecouncil.com

How do I vote/who can vote?

Polling places will be open during regular business hours in each County Cooperative Extension Service office. Any horse owner/leassor, over the age of nine, can vote. There will also be an absentee balloting system put in place for owners who are not able to get to the Extension Offices on March 08, 2017. Contact the NCHC for information on absentee voting. The vote outcome will be by simple majority vote (i.e. 270 votes “yes” and 269 votes “no” would pass the assessment).

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Photo of Alaina CrossAlaina CrossExtension Associate, Equine ProgramAnimal Science – NC State University