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Ayden taxes not meant for schools

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Friday, September 7, 2018

As a commissioner of the town of Ayden, I feel it is my obligation to inform you of the reason I voted against funding the (Ayden) schools a total of $9,000. It was not about the students or their education. Having retired from the school system with 30 years of teaching, I know the importance of education. It was all about you, the citizens, and the fact that you were being overtaxed.

After doing some research and contacting the N.C. League of Municipalities, I received documentation backing up my belief.

The information I received stated: “Prior to the recent enactments, without a local act/charter provision to the contrary, municipalities had no authority to appropriate funds for schools. This conclusion was confirmed in the case of ‘Watauga County Board of Education v. Town of Boone.’”

Recently, municipal officials received a letter from N.C. League of Municipalities, N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, N.C. Mayors Association, N.C. Black Elected Municipal Officials and N.C. Women in Municipal Government. This letter states that school funding by municipalities will place an increased tax burden on taxpayers. You, the citizens, are already paying school costs as county and state taxpayers.

With school funding, you will be paying for public schools through your municipal property taxes. The school districts operating in the state are funded through county and state appropriations and at the direction of locally-elected school boards.

The above reasons clearly explain why I voted against continuing to fund the schools in our budget. I was elected to serve the citizens of Ayden, and they are my priority. While I, as well as you, want the best education for our children, we should consider the issues and implications involved.

Phyllis Ross

Ayden commissioner

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