Supporters of the Wake County school construction bond issue are hailing Tuesday’s yes vote as a victory for public education.
As noted in today’s article, school, county and community leaders say that voters were willing to make the sacrifice of higher property taxes to ensure that enough new schools are built and old schools are renovated. They’re also touting the large victory margin.
“Having 58 percent just shows how invested people are in education and doing the right thing,” said Billie Redmond, co-chairwoman of Friends of Wake County.
“We have a public that understands the value of education and the cost of not investing in it,” Redmond also said. “The public saw the facts and didn’t listen to the rhetoric.”
“They see that the growth is coming,” said school board chairman Keith Sutton. “It’s just the best way to pay for our facilities and the growth. The voters value education, and they want to build world-class facilities.”
“I’m really proud of the citizens of Wake County,” said Joe Bryan, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “It’s a great thing to invest in the future of education.”
Bryan said he respected those who voted no and promised to make sure that county leaders stretch every construction dollar they can.
Despite their defeat, opponents of the bond issue said they will continue to stay involved.
“We are disappointed, but we will be watching and monitoring the school board much more closely,” said Ed Jones, chairman of the Wake County Taxpayers Association. “We will be watching every dollar they decide to spend.”
Duane Cutlip, vice president of the East Wake Republican Club, also said they’d be keeping any eye on the school board.
"I think voters will be disappointed that some of the things they anticipated coming out of this will not and some of the warnings that we had for them will come to pass," Cutlip said.