School board voices support for phone tax; But members disagree over slots; discussions focus on whether initiatives would benefit education.
Gazette, 23 Oct 2008 (King ).
The Prince George's County school board unanimously approved a resolution Oct. 16 to support the telecommunications tax increase to bring additional revenue to the school system but could not agree on a position for the controversial slots referendum that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maryland.So, the members voting for higher taxes were:
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Board member Heather Iliff (Dist. 2) and board vice-chairman Ron L. Watson (At-Large) did not attend the meeting.
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- Rosalind A. Johnson (Dist. 1)
- Pat J. Fletcher (Dist. 3)
- Linda Thornton Thomas (Dist. 4)
- R. Owen Johnson Jr. (Dist. 5)
- Donna Hathaway Beck (At-large)
- Verjeana M. Jacobs (At-large)
- Amber P. Waller (At-large)
- student board member Edward Burroughs III
Comment: The proposed tax increase is expected to generate about $17 million. It will pay for little under half of the cost of the new school system headquarters recently approved by the board. And it will leave Prince George's County with the highest telephone tax rate in the state and among the very highest in the whole country.