Beaufort Observer Online website.. Apparently, our school board neighbors in Beaufort County are quarreling with their county commissioners over a perceived need for new taxes for local school funding. The articles, in part, says...."Now get this. Dare County spends nearly $5000 per pupil in local county current expense money. That is the highest amount in the entire state. Mind you, what Dare County is proposing (in their new budget) is to simply spend the same next year as this year. So one has to wonder, if Dare County cannot, as their school board says, furnish quality education and they spend more than anyone else, then what does that say about every other school system in the state?
And then we have Beaufort County Schools, wanting the County to raise taxes so they can spend more money next year while they are sitting on over $3 million in their savings account. And that is after they had a 64% increase in local spending in 2010 over what they spent since just 2005. How many of you have 64% more money to spend than you did in 2005?
We repeat. This debate has become absurd. Beaufort County Schools did a great job the last two years of building up its reserves. Dr. Phipps deserves tremendous credit for that.
But what is the point in doing that if you are not going to use your "rainy day fund" when it starts raining?
It is an abomination for the School Board to expect the taxpayers of this county to suffer a tax increase while they sit on that kind of money. Enough is enough. Whining that is..."
With all this said, EyeonDare would like to pose a question: "Why can't our own board of education get itself to the point where it also has a "rainy day fund"? After all, Dare is considered one of the richest counties in North Carolina. Just a thought.