New Hanover County Board of Education favors proposed sales tax increase
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY - In an Interim Meeting held on April 22, 2010 at 4:30 p.m., the New Hanover County Board of Education passed a resolution in favor of the one quarter cent sales tax increase currently proposed by the New Hanover County government.

New Hanover County has stated the one fourth of one cent sales tax would help reduce the budget shortfall that could lead to reduced funding to New Hanover County Schools and to the closing of many County facilities such as museums, libraries and parks. Voters will have the opportunity to vote on the sales tax in the upcoming election on May 4, 2010. Currently, New Hanover County is facing an $11-14 million funding deficit.

The Board of Education voted unanimously to pass the resolution.

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THE RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the New Hanover County Board of Education (“School Board”) is in the process of preparing its budget for the 2010-2011 school year and expects significant budget cuts from the State and New Hanover County due to current economic conditions; and
WHEREAS, the School Board has no authority to levy taxes to generate revenue to run the School System and is dependent on the Federal and State governments and New Hanover County to provide it adequate funding on a yearly basis; and
WHEREAS, the School Board is totally dependent on New Hanover County for its local funding; and
WHEREAS, members of the School Board having met with officials of New

Hanover County regarding local funding of the School System, the School Board is of

the belief that passage of the ¼ per cent sales tax would help to minimize cuts in local

funding for the School System and the impact on the level of educational services that

the School System would be able to provide.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Hanover County Board of Education express its strong support of the ¼ per cent sales tax in New Hanover County and urges parents and other citizens to also give it their support.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

By:_____________________________________
EDWARD B. HIGGINS, JR., Chairman

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I would shop anywhere but New Hanover County. I am also told that this sales tax increase will keep county workers from losing any benefits...sorry, no simpathy here.

Between the rising fuel costs and taxes hiking up...we are all bound to go bankrupt. How about dropping some of the pet projects, put them off for a while. A lot of money is wasted on that...then there is bussing. It costs the county close to a million to bus kids all over the place. Let the NAACP pay the fuel for bussing...maybe they will change their tune.

You ever thought of the money people pay for taxes on their vehicles...look how many are on the road, and how many are sold daily...then taxes on property...what are you doing with all that money?

Leave us alone and quit taxing us to death. If we have to budget ourselves to live then the county, city and state should have to do the same, and if that means cutting their pet projects and stupid ideas out, then so be it.

Politicians cheering on more politicians to spend, spend, spend.

Big surprise there!

We can throw money at education until crack of doom, and it will have no effect whatsoever until parents once again play a critical role in their child's education. But they want more...

The previous poster hits one nail on the head. It's a two minute drive and I'm in Pender County. I'm in Brunswick County every day, and can easily do my grocery shopping there, on my way home.

The other nail is the Internet. Let's face it, with the exception of large, bulky items, there is no reason whatsoever to shop locally. Then state law allows you to estimate your Internet purchases by paying a nominal percentage of your income.

So it is in the interest of every worker, retiree, and especially merchant in New Hanover County to oppose this tax increase. The only people who will profit by it will be politicians who are addicted to blowing your money and the societal leeches who cannot survive without picking your pocket via some service or cultural "necessity" of dubious value.

Take some time today and ask yourself, "What would change in my life if we sold Airlie Gardens, stopped handing money over to third-rate museums, let WAVE succeed or fail on its own, and stopped giving money to any scam artist who shows up with another "community need" that I will have to pay for."

Very little would change, I'm sure.

No sales tax increase, no property tax increase. Send every one of them packing and elect candidates who will cut spending.

The easy answer for any politician faced with budget issues is always more taxes. Very innovative thinking!?!

Wouldn't it be nice if we could all just go to our boss and force a raise when our check book shows we will be short making our bills? Instead, we have to find ways to use the available money we have more wisely.

LISTEN CLOSELY..the tax payers are hurting too! The reason the county is facing a short fall is because the people aren't buying like they once were, ergo less tax revenue. Why might that be? BINGO, they no longer have the same expendable income. If you raise taxes, they will but even less, business will feel the pinch as well and when they hurt so will the county.

The way to boost tax revenue is to find ways to get the local economy going. Personally, any politician that votes for this tax increase will guarantee that they will NOT get my vote. I would suggest others consider the same strategy so that they here us loud and clear!

When most residents are faced with a budget shortfall they reduce spending. Not raise their income. Of course it is a lot easier to raise taxes then figure out how to make ends meet.

sorry don't tell me you need more money for schools what happened to the education lottery my wages have been cut by a third i have nn kids don't want any cut all after school programs if parents want them make them pay for them the coach bus uniforms and all and instead of giving them tax breaks for having kids charge them more it was thier choice not mine why should i have to pay for them and cut wellfair make them work clean streets do child care for those woking make them do something for that money besides sit on thier butts and collect money i need a break no more taxes vote out all the old and bring in the new

considered this might be the straw that breaks the camel's back? What happens if folks choose to shop in Pender or Brunswick Counties rather than New Hanover?

Want to curb expenses? Demand that Parents be held accountable for the behaviour of their children. Foster an atmosphere in the school which focuses on education.

Foster an atmosphere in which some staff and teachers do not feel the need for kevilar.

Throw the thugs and jokers out who are so disruptive the learning atmosphere is counter productive and the only way to maintain order is through the presence of school resource officers otherwise known as Deputy Sheriffs.

Prohibit the use of cell phones during class hours; and suspend those who break the rule.

Do that and then come talk about the need for a sales tax increase.

In the meantime, there are some great restaurants in Hampstead and Leland. Food Lion is in every community. There's a CVS or Wahlgreen's on every corner.

Want some gourmet coffee and great donuts? Try Surf City Donuts or Port City Java in Hampstead.

Somewhere, somehow, these bureacrats need to realize there's only so much meat on the bone; cut too deep you get into muscle. Cut the muscle too deep, the limb will wither and cease to function.

A) Cell phones ARE banned in class rooms. It's up to the teachers to enforce it.

B) You are aware that Meat and Muscle are the same thing, right? The muscles of the animal are what you're eating (in some cases the organs and other innards as well)

C) Are you also aware that you are advocating spending a decent bit more in gas money, just to save a penny per $4 spent? say you spend $100... you're out a whole quarter.

D) It's Walgreen's, not Wahlgreen's.

As to the Thugs a jokers thing, I agree, but with limits.. 3 strikes perhaps?

if you were current on geograpy, you'd know I am in Pender County; so I'm actually spending money to drive to New Hanover.

The whole point is there has to be a line drawn somewhere. These politicians need to look for other means of making ends meet.

But, then so many will just spout off like beached whales or try to give spelling lessons rather than work to bring the crats into line and remember there's only so many dollars they can draw away from the taxpayers before the taxpayers rise up in revolt.

(Since your "geograpy" has you in Pender County anyway, whatever you may have to share about New Hanover County is immaterial. You don't GET a vote on this one!) You might like to know that last year the Commissioners cut the budget by 21 million. County employees saw a cut because of furloughs, insurance rates paid by employees also went up, and multiple early retirements have not been replaced. They are trying not to cut more (i.e. "meat"), not raise taxes to cover increased expenses. The increase is to continue to fund at present levels.

as a property owner in New Hanover County, I pay taxes. I do have an interest in how effective New Hanover Countygovernment is run.

Funny, I did not see you post any suggestions. Just some spouting off and trying to defend a government which looks to increase taxes.

Funny too, you note cell phones are banned in school. How is it then, in an early article, this website noted the increase in text messages in school with some students hitting 100 a day?

Only a quarter point sales tax increase, that's all??? If as our distinguished board of ed. says, its small and WE can all afford it, I for one say BALONEY. Let's not be fooled by the politicians jingling their hands in OUR pockets.

Here's how a surprisingly elected conservative governor of another state is dealing with the same:

People are starting to notice that New Jersey governor Chris Christie is putting down some serious Reagan conservatism inside this very blue state. Yesterday William McGurn in the Wall Street Journal explained part of the secret to Christie’s early success.

... What makes the battle interesting is the way Mr. Christie is throwing the old chestnuts back at his critics.

Here are a few examples, culled from his budget address, public meetings and radio appearances:

The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. "The real question is, who's for the kids, and who's for their raises? This isn't about the kids. Let's dispense with that portion of the argument. Don't let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets."

Budget cuts are unfair. "The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word—which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son's favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do—'unfair.' . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits—a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?"...

Isn't your talk of 'stopping the tax madness' just another 'Read My Lips' promise? "[Mine is] much better than 'Read my lips.' I'm sorry, it's just much better. Much stronger. . . . It's gonna be how my governorship will rise or fall. I'm not signing a tax increase."

What Christie has done is to basically combat the old lefty compassion arguments with compassion argument from the taxpayer’s perspective. In doing so, he leaves these special interest groups looking like the unreasonable ones.

"Throw the thugs and jokers out who are so disruptive the learning atmosphere is counter productive and the only way to maintain order is through the presence of school resource officers otherwise known as Deputy Sheriffs."

Great idea...more time out in the community to break into homes and steal from everyone...maybe we should just not make an attempt to educate anyone anymore. Sure, there will be those that get pushed through the system without anything sinking in, but I highly doubt that throwing the troublemakers out on their own at an earlier age is going to help anything. It's frustrating to hear of sales tax increases in tough times, but it's even more frustrating to hear opposers without a viable solution to the problem otherwise.

Tom, you realize we're talking about a quarter of a percent here, right? That's 25 cents on every 100 dollars. On a donut at DD, you'll spend more money on gas to Hampstead or Leland than the penny you'll save in tax. As for the behavior of kids in the schools, it is indeed terrible in some cases, but that is totally irrelevant to the subject at hand.

A quarter percent is a quarter percent too MUCH. It's just time to say NO.

Sell Airlie Gardens and fire every third administrator... That'd be a good start.

Found you again....giving advice

These people have been in political office so long they are too out of touch with the realities most people are facing.

It's time to clean out the slick politicians and bring in some fresh blood, give them a chance and if they don't do better, boot them too....

but I'm convinced we need new people with new ideas...and I think it's time to elect Brian Berger to the County Commission. He's a smart, decent and straightforward person who knows the issues and tells you exactly what he thinks on every issue, and he's got some good ideas. AND HE's BEEN WARNING ABOUT THIS BUDGET CRISIS BEFORE IT HAPPENED AND WON'T RAISE TAXES. We need that kind of fresh blood, not corrupt tax raisers, so Berger should get elected this year (should have been elected years ago).

Derrick Hickey is another fresh face who's ready to serve the public as a member of the School Board. Give him a shot. And Stephanie Kraybill probably would be a good change too for the School Board along with Hickey. The others have been there so long it's just time for a change. They're vote to increase taxes is clear indication that they need to go...the sooner the better.

Let's give these guys and gal a shot and hold them accountable but I think they would be an improvement and are clearly the best candidates (dont know about Dems, but doubt they have anyone better than these three citizen representatives.

To Guest6444 - Thank you for your vote of confidence for my candidacy on the NHC Board of Education. Time will shortly tell if our fellow NHC voters agree with you and agree with me that we do need to do some things differently, very differently, if we are going to effect change in our school system. Vote accordingly on May 4th!