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Letter to the editor — Feb. 20

Please vote in favor of the quarter-cent sales tax (25 cents added to a $100 purchase), a referendum on the primary election ballot. The county commissioners have publicly committed to using the quarter-cent sales tax to increase the local, county supplements for Forsyth County teachers. They have also promised that the property tax will be dropped by one cent. This will benefit property owners as well as public school students (by attracting excellent teachers with higher salary supplements and filling the current 30 vacancies). If the commissioners fail to follow through, we can vote them out of office. We, the voters have the final voice in this valuable proposal.

If the quarter-cent sales tax is passed, then residents and visitors to Forsyth County will be financially supporting the WS/FC Schools. If property taxes are increased to support teachers, then only the property owners will financially support the WS/FC Schools.

Please help WS/FC Schools attract the best teachers and fill all vacancies. Help WS/FC Schools move closer to the top five counties in terms of the supplements offered to teachers. Vote for the local sales and use tax referendum (tax is excluded for food, gas, medicine).

— Kirsten Russ
Clemmons

Russ is a teacher at West Forsyth High School.