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No politician wants to be known as the one to raise taxes -- but Union County Commissioners may have to own that title.

Commissioners are moving forward with a proposed plan that would increase taxes in order to fund Union County Public Schools.

"The tax rate that we are projecting was actually approved by the voters back several years ago and just never implemented," Chairman Frank Aikmus said. "The (school's tax rate) would increase -- it would be around 8.2 cents on every $100."

The tentative plan would fund $19,531,580 to the schools for 2014-15. The ongoing funding would generate more than $99.6 million for capital, according to the county.

Here is a letter from Union County Manager Cynthia Coto to Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis of Union County Public Schools.

"The intention of the County Commission is to appropriate and budget down to the fund level so we will allocate that money down to the fund project for the school system to use," Aikmus said.

The two sides were supposed to meet Tuesday evening to discuss this plan, but the meeting has been postponed.

A public comment session on the proposed tax implementation will take place on Monday, June 2 at the Union County Government Center.

"We have the second largest debt-per capita in the state," Aikmus said. "We're still paying down our debt. We're providing ongoing revenue to take on debt payments without further increasing our debt. In four or five years we will be on track to significantly reduce to debt that the county has on our books."
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