Raleigh, NC -- Businesses may soon have to pay out to advertise in North Carolina welcome centers.
Earlier this month, the NC Senate approved a budget proposal that would begin to charge businesses to place their advertising materials in welcome center buildings. The House still has to vote on the measure.
The proposed annual fee would cost $100 for ads smaller than four inches and $200 for ads larger than four inches. The fee would be charged at each individual welcome center where ads are placed.
A 2007 study done by the Fiscal Research Division of the General Assembly stated that charging fees to businesses for brochure placement could bring in revenue for the operation of the welcome centers. The study also suggested that the fees could provide businesses an indication of how beneficial the brochure placement was in the centers.
This fee would not apply to governmental or public sector entities or to ads for events that will be held 30 or fewer calendar days from the date they are placed.
According to the Senate's version of the bill, the fee would go into effect July 1 or the date the bill is passed, whichever is later. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill sometime next week.
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