by Sam Hieb
If you think the 2020 election won’t be a big enough hoot, the only thing that could make it a bigger hoot—at least here in Greensboro—would be if a $1 billion bond for Guilford County Schools were on the ballot.
The Rhino Times’ Scott Yost probes that possibility:
Before former Guilford County Board of Education Chairman Alan Duncan stepped down from that position earlier this year, he told the Rhino Times that current school facilities needs were likely to be in the range of $800 million to $1 billion.
….Commissioner Skip Alston said that Republican commissioners might not want to think about such a big expense, and a tax increase to pay for it, but he added that something has to be done. He said the schools have a real need for, perhaps, up to $1 billion in new capital funding, but Alston added that he’s not sure of the right amount to put on the ballot next year.
“The question is how much of that elephant we want to eat at one time,” Alston said. “But it’s going to have to be done.”
Needless to say—as Alston admits—should voters pass the bond referendum they’re in effect passing a property tax increase. Stay tuned.