MORRIS, NC -- North Carolina Vending Association president Zed Bradley, Piedmont Vending (Hickory), has alerted association members to a May 12 session of the General Assembly, which will enact a measure to balance the state's budget. Bradley explained that the plan is for the legislators to convene, work quickly and adjourn.
Operators should be wary of the lawmakers finding any provision in the state's revenue statutes that could be construed as constituting a "loophole" in favor of vending, Bradley warned.
"The plan is to work together to reinforce the importance of the current sales tax structure for our industry," the NCVA president explained. "As every new idea for new revenue is being closely reviewed, small-business interests will be considered closely to receive help in this short session. Therefore, NCVA members need to come together to help this process stay strong."
Bradley urged association members to launch or intensify grassroots efforts to meet and get to know their individual district representatives. "It is important that each member take the lead to reach out to area legislators and discuss the issues that are affecting their small and large vending businesses," he emphasized.
It is important to tell legislators that everyone receives benefits from the tax treatment of vending that keeps costs lower, Bradley pointed out. "Remind representatives that vending businesses are a classic example of what small business stands for, and the unique services that they provide. It is important for them to know that our margins are tight, and collecting taxes through a vending machine would be difficult."
NCVA hopes to assemble a "feedback report" based on information from association members who meet with their district representatives. "This information will be compiled and used to show how NCVA members have been proactive in standing tall on matters that are important to them," the association president noted.
Operators who have met with their elected officials are invited to report on their conversation by contacting Lee Campbell at NCVA headquarters, tel. (919) 459-6087.