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October 12, 2012

Candidates present visions at forum

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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Ron Crawley (D2)

Putting together a budget for any organization can be rather strenuous, especially when you don’t know how much money is coming down from the top to support it.

As Dr. Mills said, there is no way to raise money by the local board.

Let me give you this figure, then you’ll see why we have to really be careful when we say we’re going to cut this, and cut that.

A recent study in North Carolina said that, and this is statewide, 46 percent of the people want to decrease the taxes on education, 43 percent feel its good. So you got a split, what do you do?

Local taxes, 49 percent of people say decrease, 35 percent say increase.

To further complicate that then we go to the other side, and 66 percent of the people found in this North Carolina study say that funding is too low. So do you raise taxes?

Well, now we’re getting into a problem area. But in the budget system itself, I plan to look at it with an open mind, and consider what places may or not be cut, and if it’s necessary, then we’ll do that.

John Boing (D 2)

We’ve all had tough times in the economy now. We’ve all had to be tight with our expenses, but now it’s affecting our school systems.

That being said, there are many financial challenges ahead for the school district.

I want to help conquer these challenges.

I’m no financial director or financial advisor, so I’m not sure. I’ll have to look at all the information presented. Luckily, we have Mr. Josey back for the director of finances. So we’ll meet with him, see what we can do.

I think they did a good job cutting back, of course nobody wants to have cut backs, but I think they cut back as tight as the could.

Trying to keep the teachers there is the main thing and trying not to cut back any of their money and lay any more teachers off.

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