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Wake County budget proposal allocates $314M for schools

Posted May 16, 2011

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— Wake County Manager David Cooke proposed a budget Monday that gives the school district $314.4 million – $900,000 more than school officials requested.

The extra money allotted for schools had formerly gone to the county's human services department.

Cooke's $951.5 million budget is an increase of $300,000 from last year and maintains the county's current property tax rate of 53.4 cents per $100 of valuation.

“Without raising the property tax rate, we had to find the ability to fund priority commitments already in motion, and determine if we would be able to provide employee pay increases for the first time in three years,” Cooke said.

The county's commitments include $2.1 million in funding to contract with a vendor to provide expanded services at the WakeBrook mental health facility, and $3.5 million to open and operate the second phase of the Hammond Road Detention Center. 

The proposed budget would cut 15 jobs mostly from the county's human services and general services departments. Several nonprofits would also lose funding.

The county's library book budget would also be cut by $759,000.

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County commissioner Betty Lou Ward thinks taxes should be raised to prevent cuts specifically to nonprofits.

"We have no place to go except to look at property taxes. I realize that nobody would be really happy with that but, by the same token, if that's the only way we can provide the services that need to be provided then we should be looking," Ward said. 

Public hearings on the proposed budget will be held during the Board of Commissioners' regular meeting on Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the board room of the Wake County courthouse and at 7 p.m. at the Commons Building.

A budget work session will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 13.

The board will consider the budget for adoption on Monday, June 20, during its regular meeting.


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  • bottsjw May 25, 2011

    This budget eliminates the Master Gardener program in Wake County. If you've ever been helped by one of the 150+ Master Gardener volunteers in Wake County, read more about what you can do to save this important resource http://fb.me/wakemg.

  • Mustange May 17, 2011

    Put the schools and the government on a four 10 hour work week and save millions in fuel and power bill alone and lunches do i need to go on.

  • too-obvious May 17, 2011

    ground all the activity buses.
    no free lunch. should i go on???

  • raypleasant May 17, 2011

    how much is the north carolina education lottery bringing in
    per month ? per year ? is the money going to the school systems ?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 17, 2011

    Don't worry about pleading with Granny Ward, she can't keep up. She doesn't even have an email account. How's that for being represented by someone who's on top of things! She's just doing her usual fear mongering because once again she didn't get her way.

  • common_sense_plz May 17, 2011

    Dear Mrs. Ward, we the citizens of Wake County cannot afford any more money coming from our pockets. In case you have not noticed the cost of fuel is well over $3.00 per gal. and this prices causes rates at the grocery stores to rise as well since Diesel fuel is over $4.00/gal. My for instance is this...just purchased 2 bell peppers and 2 lbs. of ground beef, this cost me over $11.00 for these 4 items. The prices for items we must have are outrageous and so many people out there cannot afford nothing but beans and hotdogs. And this woman wants the county to raise taxes, give me a break, WE CANNOT AFFORD IT Betty Lou.

  • nything25 May 17, 2011

    What are these non-profits that the county is considering raising my property taxes for? I'm not inclined to pay more taxes for just anything.

  • piratepeople2 May 17, 2011

    cghsmom-read again -"determine IF we would be able to provide employee pay increases for the first time in three years." This is a budget proposal.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 17, 2011

    I know this will come as a shock, but wral is simply reporting the few extra $$ for schools incorrectly. SURPRISE!
    The school system doesn't get a dime more than last year, they are just shuffling money around.
    But don't expect wral to get it correct.
    And don't send me an email giving me your excuses wral/golo.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 17, 2011

    And the out of touch Betty Lou Smith Jones Franklin Ward thinks she's going to stick it back to them by now suggesting the only way it can be done is to raise property taxes.
    Betty, you're as out of touch as that Stan Norwalk guy. Follow his lead and don't let the door hit you.