Roanoke’s “Eat for Education” meals tax increase brought in more money for city schools than projected in year one, but some of its key backers say it should still end when it expires after year two. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.
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The two per cent tax increase brought in almost $4.6 million in additional funding for the year. School officials say that helped them adjust to less state funding without dismissing teachers or eliminating important programs. City Councilman Court Rosen introduced the measure last year and says the city should keeps its promise at the time to keep the increase limited to a two-year period.
School Board Chairman David Carson agrees, and he says the additional revenue is indeed helping improve student achievement, something they can demonstrate later this month. Carson offered no further specifics, but schools typically receive state SOL and accreditation results in late August.