Commissioners instead gave tentative approval to a 2014-15 budget with no tax increase. But there's still a chance taxes could rise when commissioners take a final budget vote
Commissioners said they wanted more details from school officials on their priorities for capital expenses, and whether the school board would be satisfied with the direction commissioners were going with in the budget.
The school board had requested
The county's budget initially allocated
Monday's tentative approval of the budget keeps the tax rate at
During the public hearing, students, parents and the school board chairman asked commissioners to consider the needs of the school system in making their final decision, citing both building repairs and pay raises as areas where funds were urgently needed.
"I'm looking at this not so much as where (the money) is going to come from," school board Chairman
For the first time, county commissioners are considering two components of the tax rate, instead of one overall rate, with the split rate covering county functions and public school functions. The move upset school board members who felt they were being singled out to be blamed for a tax increase.
There is no tax increase planned for county functions.
This is the second year of fierce budget battles between the school board and county commissioners. Last year, the board sued over its budget allocation, and won a
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