Actions taken at the Aug. 16 meeting of the Buncombe County Commissioners

Here’s a list of actions taken at the Aug. 16 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. We’ll have a full report in the Aug. 24 issue of Xpress.

• The board unanimously passed a resolution that urges Blue Ridge Parkway administrators to build a new overlook that features views of Asheville. The goal would be to lure tourists who are traveling along the parkway in to town to spend money at local businesses, they said. Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis said he and other officials would look in to it. Currently, no overlooks include views of the city.

• The board unanimously passed a resolution instructing the Buncombe County Board of Elections to put a 0.25 percent sales-tax increase on the Nov. 8 ballot. If voters endorse the advisory referendum and the commissioners then make it law, all funds generated from the increase would go toward building improvements at A-B Tech. Officials estimate it would raise $6 million to $7 million a year.

• Commissioners delayed voting on candidates for the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Advisory Board until after they conduct interviews. The vote will be rescheduled for sometime in Sept.

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