A-B Tech is for the county, so the county should be for A-B Tech

For 52 years, A-B Tech has provided education, training and re-training to residents of Buncombe County [”School or Scandal? ” Oct. 19 Xpress]. We've done it honestly and accountably, because you deserve nothing less. We're seeking the quarter-cent sales-and-use tax for renovating and expanding A-B Tech's educational facilities for one reason: to prepare our county's people and employers for the jobs of the future.

As Nov. 8 approaches, I assure you the county resolution totally dedicates the quarter-cent to A-B Tech. State law does not allow ballot language to include our name. By resolution Orange and Durham counties are doing the same. It is disheartening to see people spreading misinformation about the referendum. It's one thing to disagree about a vote. It's another to say things that aren't true.

Leaders and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Children First and our bipartisan co-chairs, Sherriff Van Duncan and former Asheville Mayor Lou Bissette, have endorsed the A-B Tech referendum. If you know the facts, you'll share their confidence the funds are dedicated and will be legally obligated to improve A-B Tech as an economic engine. It's for facilities improvements, period. I encourage you to vote for the quarter-cent for A-B Tech.

— Hank Dunn
President, A-B Tech
Asheville

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2 thoughts on “A-B Tech is for the county, so the county should be for A-B Tech

  1. ‘Tis the season for snow jobs.

    Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s resolutions on future expenditures are non-binding.
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  2. Richard Mauney

    AB Tech just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. This is the first time I know of that the college has put itself in such a contentious position with much of the community it serves.

    I know AB Tech has facilities needs, but, not to the tune of $130 million. Let me put it in perspective. If the college uses $10 million to address deferred maintenance on current facilities; then, that leaves $120 million for new buildings. Now, at an estimated construction cost of $240 per square foot, they will be able to build another 500,000 square feet of new buildings. The entire Victoria Road Campus is about 600,000 square feet. So this sales tax increase generates enough money to almost double the size of the main campus! Keep in mind that it is the county

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