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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  • by ace Location: j ville on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:06 AM
    Bet the 53 mayors are democrats. There is no such thing a temporary tax. It will last forever. If the economy turns around are all these new taxes going away. Heck no, libereals will keep taking from the working class and giving to the no working class. For example, tell me why it is fair that people get more money back than they pay in at tax time? Where do you think this extra money comes from?
  • by Chuck Location: Blounts Creek on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    Rusty I think you hit it on the head. All this is tax and spend which pols from both sides of the aisles have been doing in the past 8 years at least. Time to stop the madness, let some overhead people go and balance the state budget.
  • by Concerned Location: Voter on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    I wonder who those 50 mayors are? We cant afford what we have now! Not to mention those people still without jobs! I know that education is important but we need to get our state back in shape first! Pay attention at the pumps the next time you are pumping gas! There are stickers on the pumps that shows that our state has the highest tax among the surrounding states!
  • by Rusty Location: Aurora on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    When will you listen? Ya'll have BROKE the people. Where do you think this money will come from? The people in office seem to think there is an unlimited supply of money floating around in OUR pockets. No wondner people are resorting to crime to survive; but when they rob someone they couldn't possibly get much because people don't have money to spend with businessess and that's why they are going bankrupt. If you start with all of these government offices that are held by fools and eliminate over one-half of them, that should free up some money that would help the state pay some of its debt. Everytime there is a job increase, it seems to be in one of the government offices and guess who gets the position: their relatives. Let those relatives go out and Look for a job like the rest of us have to do. Let them have to qualify for it and actually have to do some WORK. THESE ARE THE HAND-OUTS THAT MUST BE DONE AWAY WITH FIRST.
  • by Tom Location: USA on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    NO MORE TAXES!!!! ....JOBS!?!?!?!
  • by Mom Location: NC on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    She is not running again because O -Blah - ma thinks she is bad for him in upcoming elections. Like he has a chance...Bahahahahahahha O -Blah - ma!!!
  • by D Location: ENC on Jan 28, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    What happened to the "NC Educational Lottery" money? Wasn't that why the nc lottery was started in the first place? We the people don't need a new tax, period!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Yep and most of them are democraps.
  • by Fran on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:30 AM
    Lets see. Higher taxes = less to spend on goods and services. Less to spend on goods and services = less income for stores which = less money coming in which = people layoff. Yep sounds like a good plan, lets put more people out of work.
  • by RN Location: Pitt on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
    You are right Anonymous, how are we gonna support all those people on welfare, food stamps and government housing, if we dont keep paying more in taxes, we sure dont want to make them get up off their lazy butts and work and help pay those taxes needed for things like roads, education, police, emergency services, etc.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:39 AM in reply to RN
      Turn of the Fox News once and awhile. If your so and so many on here believe that all State money goes to social assistance lets see the facts. Sure some of it does. Social assistance has been around for a long time. Not everyone on social assitance is jsut sittign around collecting a check. That being said, what do you purpose, don't provide anything and then the people on social assistance can be homeless, be on teh streets begging you for money, and then watch the crime rates go up.
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