BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Officials in Brunswick County say some of their schools are bursting at the seams, overcrowded and in need of major maintenance to reach state standards.
They hope voters will aid their efforts on May 6 by voting for a referendum that would add a quarter of a cent to Brunswick County's sales tax.
It would bring the total sales tax to an even 7.00% countywide and give area beaches and public schools an extra $3 million in funding each year.
Some of the schools in most dire need right now are Leland Middle School and North Brunswick High School. Officials say they expect to add 10 modular units to those campuses before the next school year.
It's just a temporary fix for the overcrowding issues, but officials hope the extra money will help them levy for more help in the future.
"It would actually allow us to defer…our need to go to the community and ask the voters for a larger bond referendum," Jessica Swencki with Brunswick County School said. "We believe we're living within our means. The needs are great and the financial resources are few, but we believe we are maximizing every dollar to maintain the existing facilities we have."
Swencki said the county would love to build new schools and relive that overcrowding, but they are being realistic about what the schools' needs are in addition to maintaining current conditions.
The extra .25% would mean an extra $.02 on an $8 restaurant bill or an extra $.25 on a $100 purchase of school supplies. Residents and visitors would both pay the tax, not just property owners.
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