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Official: 'Schools are stronger and taxes are lower'
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   Note: This is the final piece in a series of stories written from the recent “State of the County” meeting hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

By Richard Harris (from the Jan. 2, 2014 newspaper)

   Assistant Superintendent Melody Murray was “pressed into service” to speak at the State of the County meeting due to Superintendent Richard McCorkle being unavailable due to an emergency. She said she was a bit nervous at first, but added, “It’s not hard to talk about something you love.”

   She then noted that her family moved to Marion County in 1998 in large part because they believed the schools would be good for their children. They were not disappointed and she believes the school system is even better now and still improving.

   She first spoke of the designing and construction of the new Marion County Middle/High School and praised the members of the Board of Education for having the vision to begin the process and the determination to see it through in spite of many obstacles and some doubts from the public.

   “They said it couldn’t be done, but with hard work and determination and planning and some good fortune and God’s blessing, we can do anything,” said Murray. “Many said it couldn’t be done. They said it couldn’t be done without raising taxes, but you know what? It has been done and our taxes have actually decreased a little bit.”

   In 2008 when plans were being made for the new school, the M&O tax millage rate was ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.