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Wake commissioners talk state funding cuts

Posted August 10, 2009

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners began talking Monday about how the state budget, signed last week by Gov. Beverly Perdue, will affect various departments.

Two-thirds of the funding for the county's school system comes from the state, and 80 percent of its costs are in salaries.

Wake schools will lose approximately $21 million worth of state funding, and that will likely result in larger class sizes and educators' jobs lost.

The state budget also cuts $600,000 from the sheriff’s office budget for the county jail. In addition, the state will also no longer pay a $350,000 lease for probation offices. The state is also withholding $500,000 in ABC liquor store revenues.

Cuts to Wake Technical Community College, human services, transit and libraries have yet to be determined.

Wake schools have been anticipating state funding cuts and have yet to renew contracts for nearly 1,500 teachers.

"Clearly, there were major cuts to education and major cuts to human services, and that is very difficult with the number of teachers that may lose their jobs due to cuts as the state level,” Commissioner Joe Bryan said.

School board officials said they are still determining where funding cuts will be made.

Perdue said last week that she would have preferred a budget that raised more revenue and cut less from education, but she recognized lawmakers had made tough decisions in trying to erase a projected $4.6 billion deficit.

The state budget includes $990 million in new revenue, mostly from a one-cent increase to the sales tax rate. It also includes higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol and a surcharge on the tax liability of businesses and top wage earners.


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  • Mommyoftwo Aug 11, 2009

    IMHO05 - Trust me when I say you DO NOT want to see the org. chart. Transportation's alone would make your head spin with the level of supervisors and up. Just a brief idea: Senior Director, Director, Sr. Admin, Sr. Admin, Sr. Admin, Sr. Admin, Sr. Admin, and all of that is just in the front office alone!

  • whatelseisnew Aug 11, 2009

    Best thing that could happen would be the State gives vouchers to the parents, and no money directly to the schools.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 11, 2009

    That cut is a nit. They should have done a serious cut of a couple hundred million.

  • miketroll3572 Aug 11, 2009

    If they would cut the socialist give aways like head start, smart start, more at 4, we could have a budget without raising taxes. Too bad alot of people these days always have their had out for something free instead of personal responsibility.

  • FitnessMan Aug 11, 2009

    Re-hire all of the 1500 teachers that were let go and get rid of the b/s not needed. Between the budget, lottery, and stimulus, where the hell is all the money. The 4 billion or so that they say is the budget deficit(sorry if not spelled right) is just a projection. What if we don't have nearly that big of a deficit. What if it's only 2 Billion, 3 Billion, etc. What then with all this money.

  • IMHO05 Aug 11, 2009

    It would be nice if the voters could see an orgnization chart of the school district administration. Let us decide what positions are needed and which can be eliminated from the top. I'm sure plenty of teaching jobs could be saved by getting rid of a few assistants to assistants.

  • Bob3425 Aug 11, 2009

    Mommyoftwo -- I could agree with you more, leave the teacher, and get rid of the dead weight.

  • Mommyoftwo Aug 11, 2009

    I find it interesting how the teachers are always the ones flaunted in our faces as being let go instead of administration positions. But I can understand why. Tell parents that teachers are being fired and everyone will be in an outrage. Tell people administrators are being let go and everyone will throw a party!!

    Don't tell me the state, the school system or the county care about the students when they never look at admin. and where cuts can be made there. And trust me, there are TONS that can be cut!!

  • time4real Aug 11, 2009

    you are absolutely correct. if you people leave it up to Stan Norwalk and Harold Webb you WILL pay 20%+ more and very soon! They will start their whining any minute about how schools are going to fold up without MORE of YOUR money! You better let these 2 and others know WE WON'T STAND FOR ANY OF IT!

  • BULLDOZER Aug 11, 2009

    reading between the lines I see, "Hold on for some new taxes and increases on some old ones." No way this bunch is doing with less.