Wake County Manager David Cooke is recommending giving less than half of the $8.8 million funding increase requested by the school system.
Cooke's $941.5 million budget presented today would give the Wake County school system $318.3 million, a $3.9 million increase in funding. The school board, working on the budget developed by Superintendent Tony Tata, asked the county for $323.2 million.
Cooke's budget would not raise property tax rate. Instead, he'd boost spending by using $22 million in increased revenue in property, sales and other taxes.
For instance, Cooke wants to use $6 million of the $22 million to pay off county debt on capital projects. He'd use $5.9 million to boost criminal justice and EMS spending.
Cooke also wants to give county employees a two percent, performance-based raise.
The budget is now in the hands of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, who will vote on it next month.
If the school board can't get the additional $4.9 million, they'll face tough decisions.
For instance, should the school board take even more out of the fund balance? It stands at around $5 million after removing more than $28 million in savings to replace the loss of federal EduJobs money,
Should the board scrap the $5.3 million increase in the teacher salary supplement?
Should the board restore the $2.1 million cut in school instructional supplies?