Committee of 100 to Hold Public Forum on Education, Taxes on Mar 15

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments | News

The Committee of 100 is holding an open forum for residents to discuss funding for education.

Those following the school funding debate in the county may wonder if raising taxes is still a viable option going forward. Whether residents believe it is the right approach or not, there is now a forum in which those citizens can share their opinions with lawmakers.

On March 15, the Prince William Committee of 100 will hold a program entitled, “Are Higher Taxes the Magic Bullet for Keeping Prince William Schools Competitive or Are There Other Options?” The program, which is open to the public, will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Manassas at 7:45 p.m.

Prior to the public forum there will be a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m.

The moderator of the event will be Former Va. House Delegate David Brickley, patron of the legislation making the Prince William County school board an elective body. Panelists include Prince William County School Board Chairman Milt Johns; Bonnie Klakowicz, President of the Prince William Education Association; Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-PW) and member of the House Committees on Appropriations and Education; and Board of County Supervisor of the Occoquan District Michael May.

The Prince William Committee of 100 provides a non-partisan, educational forum to study essential interests, problems and goals of people of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. They hold eight meeting a year, according to President Martha Hendley, and try to choose a timely subject.

Hendley said the group wanted to address school funding.

“It’s a topic of interest right now with the county and state budgets coming up and with the economy the way it is,” Hendley said.

Reservations are required for individuals attending the dinner. For reservations email by noon, Monday, March 12. The cost is $25 for PWC100 members and $30 for all non-members.

The meeting for will follow the cancellation policies for inclement weather in accordance with that of the Prince William County Public School System.

“We’re looking forward to a lively and very timely discussion,” said Hendley.

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