Hundreds show, dozens speak at Guilford County budget hearing

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GREENSBORO, NC -- Hundreds showed up at the old Guilford County Courthouse Thursday night to let county commissioners know where they felt the County should spend its money.

The vast majority of attendees were there to support the budget proposed by Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice Green.

Green's 2013-2014 budget requests almost $22 million more than GCS got last year.

The speakers implored commissioners to "spend money on the future" and not allow the school system to "die a death of 1,000 cuts."

They asked for teacher raises, maintaining teacher assistants and infrastructural improvements.

Many supporters asked county commissioners to support the Jamestown library as well.

The library is counting on an allocation of $55,500 from the county, according to numerous speakers.

Two speakers also asked for more support for fire departments, and one speaker asked the county to fully fund the STOP program, which treats juveniles convicted of sexual crimes.