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Union County Commissioners Hear From Public on School Budget

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Monroe, NC - What people in Union County want is clear: more money for public schools. What is not clear is where that money should and will come from.

The school board is proposing a tax increase, but some people in Union County maintain there must be a better way.

Tonight, people from Union County were given the floor to tell County Commissioners what they think of the idea. Some wanted the budget approved in order to give teachers the pay increases they believe they deserve.

Others were not opposed to the budget, but strongly opposed to the idea of a tax hike. Union County Commissioner Jonathan Thomas says it's impossible to have one without the other. "There’s absolutely no way that we can fund even middle ground with the schools without a tax increase or taking from a one-time fund," he said. "We’re trying to find out from the public exactly, what do you want, and what are you willing to pay."

Board of Education Chairman Richard Yercheck says the the commissioners need to remember that the budget is not just about numbers; it's about people.

"Well when I let go a teacher or I let go a teaching assistant...that affects a child," he said.

 Most people in attendance agreed on one thing: paying teachers and fixing structural, health, and security issues in schools needs to be a priority. They just have yet to agree on how to pay for it.

The commissioners voted tonight not to approve the budget as it. They requested more detailed figures from the Board of Education and will revisit the budget at a later date. The final decision will be made at the next hearing on June 16th.
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