50+ Mayors Support Gov. Perdue's Sales Tax Hike For Education

By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs
By: April Davis/ Hilary Magacs

Governor Beverly Perdue has the support of dozens of mayors across the state for her push for a temporary sales tax to raise money for education.

Perdue is hoping to restore the three-quarters of a cent sales tax the republican-controlled legislature recently eliminated - and wants to dedicate the funds to North Carolina schools, which she says have been hurt by deep and unnecessary cuts. 53 mayors across the state support her proposal, including many in the east- including the mayors of Hookerton, Manteo, Morehead City, Williamston and La Grange. La Grange Mayor Woody Gurley says schools are in need of more money to help pay teachers and get supplies.

"A lot of the teachers take monies out of their pocket to buy things for their classrooms because the county does not appropriate these funds. The county can't appropriate them unless the state has money to give to the counties," La Grange Mayor Woody Gurley.

But many people - including Lenoir County GOP Chairman Keith Herring - are against the proposal, saying a sales tax increase during an economic recession isn't a good idea.

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