Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley went toe to toe with school board member Jim Martin in a lengthy discussion after the end of today's joint meeting.
Gurley had complained during the meeting about the school system using county funding to build up its fund balance. Gurley has been a longtime critic of the school system having a fund balance, saying that they should leave it up to the commissioners to cover emergencies.
What irked Gurley is that school administrators project they can replenish the fund balance by $20 million to bring it up to $25 million for the 2013-14 fiscal budget.
"You want county taxpayers to cover your deficit," Gurley said to Martin as the television cameras recorded the heated confrontation.
Gurley said they might want to cut county funding by $25 million as opposed to the $8.8 million increase requested by Superintendent Tony Tata in his budget proposal.
"He's running for political office," Martin said in an interview after the exchange. "I'm trying to do the best I can for the school system."
Gurley is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.