Winston-Salem Journal reports:

Forsyth County voters delivered an overwhelming “no” Tuesday to a quarter-cent increase in the county sales-and-use tax rate to pay for new courthouse facilities and provide leftover money for the local school system.

There were 88,765 votes, or 68 percent, against the sales tax increase, compared with 41301 votes, or 32 percent, for the proposal.

If the proposal had passed, the sales-tax rate would have risen to 7 percent from the current 6.75 percent — 4.75 percent state tax and 2 percent county tax.

….With the defeat of the proposal, property taxes are likely to rise to pay for the courthouse.