One of the more frequently heard arguments is that Wake should use the money it spends on transportation on academics instead.
As noted in today's article, that may not be as easy as it seems. But such talk has picked up this year due to all the unpleasant cuts that are part of the budget proposal.
First off, the state provides $46 million of the district's $63 million transportation budget.
It looks like Wake could ask the state to reallocate some of the $46 million. But it would look to be a one-shot deal because the money that would be reallocated wouldn't be provided the following year.
Additionally, Wake might take a double hit. It's possible that the state could also reduce funding for whatever program received the reallocated transportation money.
You could look at the $17 million in local transportation bucks. Wake says $11.3 million is for salaries with $6.2 million for things such as fuel, contracted transportation, repair parts, materials, supplies, oil, tires and tubes, license and fees.
School officials say a sharp cut in local transportation dollars would have a negative impact on bus service.
“We wouldn’t be able to provide the service we’re now offering,” said Bob Snidemiller, Wake's senior director for transportation, in the article.