TRINITY — Two people are on the ballot for two positions on the Archdale-Trinity Tax Advisory Council elections set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24 in the Trinity High School auditorium.

The A-T Tax Advisory Council oversees a $2.3 million budget for the current year through an extra 9 cents per $100 property tax value, in addition to the general school tax, to improve the level of education in nine schools in the Archdale-Trinity tax district. They work with school representatives and parent-teacher organizations to provide support items that do not fit into the regular budgets.

There are six members on the A-T Tax Council and two seats are elected each year for a three-year term.

The two seats up for election this year were previously held by Robbie Walker and John Cable..

All adults in the Archdale-Trinity tax district are eligible to vote in the elections.

Eric WelchEric Welch was raised in the area and attended Trinity Elementary, Braxton Craven, ATMS, and Trinity High School. He currently has a son in kindergarten at Trindale Elementary and says that his connection to the area runs deep and that he is committed to the community. “I have over 15 years of business management experience, heavily involved in budgets and overall financials in both the retail and healthcare industries. I am currently an Associate Director of Operations with Wake Forest Baptist Health and am heavily involved in our budgets and decision making processes of how to not only generate our revenue streams, but also where to shift those resources to be successful. I think I could bring a unique healthcare business skillset to the table that is needed while we are coming out of this pandemic.”

Tonya Baker

Tonya Baker currently has two children, ages 8 and 17, attending schools in the Archdale-Trinity area.

When asked what she felt she could bring to the table for Archdale-Trinity Tax Advisory Council, Baker replied, “A focus on continued growth in our cities. Attraction for companies and family oriented entertainment to build in Archdale-Trinity areas, and attracting college graduates to stay in the area for job opportunities within our communities.”

— Archdale-Trinity News staff