Vote No On Bonds And Tax Increase

Dear Editor,

Let’s examine the plight of teachers.  

In 2019, the Guilford County school board had $1 million dollars left over at the end of their fiscal year.  Sharon Contreras could have spent the money to help kids, buy school supplies, improve school security or any number of other options.  Instead, Contreras gave all that money to teachers.  Then a few months later, she asked for and received another $3 million to $4 million from the Guilford County board.  Fast forward to today.  The state legislature gave teachers a 5 percent pay raise and now Contreras just spent another $17 million for yet another bonus.  Wow!  What I wouldn’t give to be a liberal Democrat like Mary Beth Murphy who is a Guilford County teacher and a county commissioner.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope she has an ethical backbone to recuse herself from any discussion or votes on any issues dealing with schools.  

Now, in the May 2022 primary, when voter turnout is usually small, Skip Alston and the liberal Democrat controlled county board want citizens to authorize $1.7 billion of new debt for schools.  This is on top of a recent $300 million from Guilford. To help pay for this new bond, Skip and the liberal Democrats want to increase sales tax for everything.  If this school bond and tax increase passes, food, gasoline, clothes for your kids, medicines and life’s other necessities will all cost more.  Oh, by the way, a county commissioner told me there are no-strings attached to any money the county gives the school board.  So just like other times Contreras gave away taxpayer money, she can do it again and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.  It’s like giving a credit card to an irresponsible child hoping they will spend money wisely.  History tells us that ain’t going to happen and every single person in Guilford County will have to pay the bill for the next 20 years.  This is what you get when tax and spend liberal Democrats are in charge.  It is time for a change.  Save money and put conservative Republicans back in control of the school board and Guilford County.  Vote “no” on the bond and tax increase.  Your family and your wallet will say, “thank you”!

P.S.  These same liberal Democrats say there is no crime problem, no inflation, the southern border is secure and mask mandates are necessary.  What a crock!

Ken Orms