Tony Gurley, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, was effusive in his praise today of school board chairman Ron Margiotta.
As noted in an online article by Thomas Goldsmith, Gurley singled out Margiotta during today's State of the County address. Gurley said the boards of education and commissioners continue to work closely together.
“A great deal of credit for this excellent relationship must go to Ron Margiotta,” Gurley said.
Margiotta was in attendance at today's meeting to hear Gurley's speech.
During the speech, Gurley said that Wake's tax revenues will likely grow at about three-tenths of one percent in the coming fiscal year. He said that Wake may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel and remains in better shape than many other North Carolina counties as property tax revenues continue to grow.
On a downer, Gurley said business personal property taxes have been flat and will likely decline, while motor vehicle registrations have trended down for two years.
All of this affects how much money the commissioners will be able to provide the school system next fiscal year.
Gurley listed the county's achievements over the past year.
“I want citizens to know that Wake County is still recognized as one of the best places to live in the United States,” Gurley said, reeling off a list of the kudos that Wake and Raleigh have received from national magazines and institutes.