Wake County leaders approve budget in 5-2 vote

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 around 6:10 p.m. Monday to approve the coming year’s budget.

Two commissioners – Greg Ford and Jessica Holmes – said Monday afternoon that they would vote against the budget because there was not enough school funding.

In earlier discussions Monday afternoon, the board voted to add $5 million more to the amount set aside for Wake County Schools.

More than half of the roughly $1.3 billion budget is going to the schools. School system officials had asked for an increase of $45 million. The budget proposal had included an increase of $16 million. The extra funding added Monday brought the year-over-year increase to $21 million.

Several other additions were made to the budget including:

  • $80,000 to expand library hours Sundays, which are the busiest day for libraries.
  • $50,000 for legal aid
  • $25,000 for emergency housing after some Forest Hills apartment residents faced eviction

Also before the Monday adjustments, this year’s budget is also coming with a property tax increase of about one and a half cents.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County leaders are taking a vote that will impact more than one million people tonight.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners will finalize its budget and how much Wake County schools will get out of that.

There’s always a back and forth between the county and the school system this time of year. Even though schools are getting an increase, some say it’s still not enough.

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The whole budget is $1.26 billion. About 52 percent of that is going to schools, which is a $16 million increase from last fiscal year, but nowhere near the $45 million increase the district requested.

This year’s budget is also coming with a property tax increase of about one and a half cents, which some parents say is just what it takes to create a good school system.

“You don’t want to pay higher taxes, but again, you think about your children. What’s more important, a few more dollars or a bad education for your children? What’s more important to you?” asked one Wake County parent.

“I tried to arrive at the lowest possible tax rate increase. I understand the impact on our citizens for that, but we’re a high growth county and our growth revenues are just not keeping up,” said Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann.

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