School board candidate Rita Rakestraw is touting her endorsements and her support for an impact fee in her latest campaign mailers.
In this new mailer sent this week, the catch phrase is "it's time growth helps pay for itself." Rakestraw says she'll put the focus back on the classroom by easing the taxpayer pressure to keep pace with growth.
Rakestraw says one solution "would be impact fees on new growth that help defray costs of school construction allowing existing dollars to go towards inside the classroom."
Even if Rakestraw wins in District 1, she wouldn't as a school board member be able to impose an impact fee. But she could lobby the county commissioners and municipalities on the issue.
In this mailer sent out last week, Rakestraw has quotes from several local politicos who've endorsed her, including County Commissioner Betty Lou Ward, former Commissioner and former state Rep. Linda Coleman, Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen and former school board member Kathryn Quigg.
"Over 30 years ago, previous leaders like the late Sen. Vernon Malone made a real difference for Wake County economically and academically when they stood up, merged and desegregated our schools," Coleman said in the mailer. "Rita is a leader in that tradition."