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Worcester County Commissioner Responds to School Board Pay Raise Request

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SNOW HILL, Md. -- Worcester County Commissioner Ted Elder voted against a four-million dollar budget increase for the Worcester County Teachers Association.

The teachers and schools want more money but Elder says the county is running a $22 million budget deficit.

They don't have any more money for schools.

"Well between the cuts that we're making and raising the taxes, we're trying to get it to a point where we can manage it in the years ahead," said Elder.

Business owner Jerry Nolte says a new hike in property and personal income taxes is already a blow to his operation.

Nolte says he can't even afford to hire help.

"At a certain point you have to do what you have to do," said Nolte.

"You can only raise taxes so much so often. As a business we get taxed on the buildings here and on personal income on top of that, and it just really adds up," he said.

Elder wants to know why the Worcester Board of Education can't find the money internally before seeking it from the county, and ultimately from the taxpayers.

"The questions that need to be asked are if any other county in the state can do it for less and still pay their teachers like Wicomico does, why? We're funding them at a higher level than anyone else. And it needs to be asked of the board of education. They're receiving those funds," said Elder.

Elder and the other commissioners have a tough decision to make next week: whether to give teachers the money they're marching for.

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