Conover hikes business taxes

Conover will increase taxes on its retail businesses in an effort to generate an estimated $130,000 in new revenue.

Beginning May 1, the city of Conover will collect taxes based on how much a business makes in a year, a change from the current system that charges businesses based solely on flat operation fees.

"A local convenience store is currently paying about $19 and doing sales of about a million dollars a year," said City Manager Donald Duncan, "whereas a superstore is doing in excess of $50 million a year and is paying $39. It's not an equitable formula. This will create a system of businesses paying fees based on performance."

Conover City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to use a modified privilege-license system. The vote followed a public hearing in which no one spoke.

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