Local News

Wake Schools Want To Raise Property Taxes To Achieve Goals

Posted Updated
Switch to classic wral.com

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Wake County school leaders say a property tax increase may be the only way to reach its high achievement goals. The district wants 95 percent of its students at grade level by 2003.

School leaders told the county commission Monday that without a tax increase, they will miss the mark to hire more teachers and better train the ones they have. They say it will cost the average homeowner about $78 a year.

"That's a five cent increase for the owner of a $150,000 home. That's the job and decision you all have to make," says school board member Tom Oxholm.

The school board says it will sell the tax increase to the community, but it has some competition. Sheriff John Baker asked for a $6 million hike in the public safety budget for more deputies and warrant officers.