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Maready v. The City of Winston-Salem
North Carolina Supreme Court
467 S.E.2d 615 (1996)
A North Carolina law authorized local governments to make economic-development incentive grants to private corporations. Winston-Salem (city) and Forsyth County (county) (defendants) made 24 development incentive projects, which totaled $13,200,000 in projected investments. The city and the county levied taxes on property owners to fund the investments and estimated an increase of $238,593,000 in the local tax base and the creation of over 5,500 jobs. The expenditures were delivered as reimbursements to the recipients. William F. Maready (plaintiff) sued the city and county, challenging the 24 projects and alleging that the law was unconstitutional because it violated the public-purpose clause of the state constitution. The trial court held that the law violated the public-purpose clause of the state constitution. The city appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Whichard, J.)
Dissent (Orr, J.)
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