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