John Burns, a Democratic candidate for Wake County commissioner, is asking taxpayers would you trade four pizzas to pay your child's favorite teacher a fairer salary?
Burns is pointing to the Wake County school boards budget request that includes a 3.5 percent pay raise for all employees, which Superintendent Jim Merrill says is the first step toward raising teacher pay to the national average by 2020.
Burns created a YouTube video and a website, www.4pizzas.org, saying hes starting a movement to persuade the commissioners to support the plan. He says the pay raises will cost the average Wake taxpayer about $60 a year, or the price of four pizzas.
Its a website dedicated to showing the county just how crucial this vote is, Burns says in the video.
Burns has also established a petition asking Commissioner Paul Coble, his Republican opponent this November, to support the school boards budget request. Burns says hell present the petition at the commissioners June 2 meeting.
If the commissioners dont back the pay raise, its likely to become an issue in this falls elections. Republicans, who hold all four seats on the ballot, need a sweep to remain in the majority on the board of commissioners.