By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
and ELLEN LYON
A letter from school officials asking parents to support a county tax increase has drawn criticism from the Washington County Commissioners, who question using public money and students to promote a public agenda.
But the move was both legal and ethical, according the state attorney general's office.
Washington County Commissioner John S. Shank said Tuesday that his grandchildren brought the letter home from school Monday.
Signed by all five school board members, it asked parents to voice support for proposed property and income tax increases and a bigger funding share for schools at the county budget hearing on Wednesday.
Shank complained about "county monies spent for letters like this."
"This letter is worth $4,000 going to 19,000 school children. I think that money is better spent on books" and classroom supplies, Shank said.