Union County appealing order on school funding

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Some Union count parents and educators are urging the county board of commissioners to drop an appeal of an order that it provide more money for schools.

The Union County commissioners said last week they would appeal a verdict ordering them to provide $91 million in additional funding to schools.

Commissioners said unless they got the order overturned, they would have to increase taxes by 42 percent.

Those speaking at a meeting Monday night said no tax increase would be needed, that other funds are available to provide the money.

Several parents accused commissioners of wasting tax dollars on legal fees with an appeal. It would be months before an appeal reached the Court of Appeals. The two sides already have spent $450,000 on the case.