Getting voters to voluntarily agree to pay higher taxes to support schools has always been a bit of a challenge. But New Hanover County is going down that road. It could end up on the ballot in November.
Local leaders should take note of the recent defeats in Brunswick and Bladen counties when deciding their PR strategy. Both counties laid out reasonable arguments to the public, but neither measure passed on Tuesday. I'm guessing the current political discussions about pay for teachers and the controversy over the Common Core curriculum may have had something to do with that.
If New Hanover County gets this on the ballot, they need to clearly show voters what they will be getting for their investment! My advice is don't take the voters for granted and don't expect them to buy a pig in a poke.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
I agree with your point in your comments today about raising taxes to pay for improved education. I am not opposed to the concept, but I believe we need to inform our voters, prior to the day of voting, just what improvements in education will be made if they vote to increase our taxes. Specifically, in this past Tuesday's vote, I was surprised when I saw the issue on the ballot. I believe I stay pretty well informed, when the information is placed in front of me, but I could not recall hearing or seeing just what the tax increase was for. It was not stated on the ballot. I have heard others make similar comments since Tuesday.
Please note that I said "when the information is placed in front of me." Don't expect voters to take extra measures to keep informed. They will read and listen, however, when the information is placed in front of them.
I agree with you but here in Brunswick County I am once again startled that voting for a tax increase, while more than reasonable, was put on the ballot of a primary election. Many people don't vote during this election...just the November one. This is the first primary election I ever voted in during my state residency of 14 years and that was after emailing to the Bd of Elections in Raleigh. I wanted to make sure my Unaffiliated status did not change. I don't think residents are made aware of how easy it is to vote in a primary. I did this because of the Puppy Mill fiasco going on in this state but I am glad I did because I did vote for the tax increase. An extra penny for every $4 was fair especially since it evened us with Wilmington where everyone shops and would be shared with residents,tourists,renters,illegals...everyone. Just like the gas tax, which is higher here than NJ. Everyone gets hit, not just the property owner.
Poor PR, poor understanding of rules for Primaries which do differ state to state and the craziness of putting it all on a ballot in an election with historically low turnout. Insane.
North Carolina used to be the shining star in the South...not anymore.
For one I was a member of a school board up North before they were nationalized, a mistake in my opinion and I am against this Common Core thing as it will not work everywhere and I learned that some of it is promiscuous and outright immoral for our young students. For another we pay about 30 cents more tax for our motor fuels than the other states do who surround us. Where is that going? Is it for higher education? I am upset about that also, I take a very dim view of any university using my money to support a project once championed by the Third Reich to see how much motor fuel exhaust it takes to kill a person. A lot of us in North Carolina still have moral values. A lot of us try to stay independent on the incomes that we have and we do not complain about the income we do not have. But we refuse to spend our money that we do have on frivolous and immoral projects that lead to nothing but more immoral outcomes. I say bring back the local school board concept that controls the school curriculum and moral bearing in that area of which worked for 150 years of our nations history and adjust the taxes accordingly to the actual need for our teachers and school support. It is a damn shame, I feel that "Foggy Bottom" Washington DC is like Alice in wonderland today, all party time, i.e. Everyday is a non-birthday day, it is celebrated in Georgetown every night and go along to get along and the peons, you and me, will pay for it. Sodom and Gomorrah in the Holy Scriptures could not be clearer. No way folks, not one penny more until we get an accounting on what we do and where does it go.
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