Property Tax Increase Proposed In Anderson County To Pay For Sch -

Property Tax Increase Proposed In Anderson County To Pay For School Officers

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ANDERSON COUNTY, S. C. - The Anderson County School Board is proposing an increase in property taxes to pay for more armed officers in schools.

The proposal asks for a $1.9 million increase to pay for 38 officers to add coverage to schools that currently don't have school resource officers. A formal request has been sent to the county delegation says Anderson School Board Administrator Joey Nimmer.

There are opinions on both sides. Those in favor say there's nothing more important than the safety of children. Those against say security is important but it doesn't warrant a tax increase.

"I think we get a little bit too excited sometimes when these things happen although they are horrible, we can't just jump to conclusions and jump in there and start spending big sums of money," says Dorothy Fowler.

Fowler would like to see more be done to secure the schools. She says more checks to make sure doors are locked will be ensure the safety of students than having armed officers.

"If I can think of one reason that our taxes can be raised to protect our children then that would be the best reason I could possibly think of," says North Point Elementary PTO President Holly Carithers.

Carithers has actively campaigned to get officers in Anderson schools since December. She's met with District 5 to talk about security and put together petitions of parental support.

"In order for our schools to be safe we need someone in our schools to protect them," Carithers says.

The County Delegation meets June 27. This item isn't on their agenda and it's possible it won't be addressed until next legislative session.

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