Wake County Schools

Residents to give input on Wake County schools' 2016-2017 budget

Posted April 5

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— The Wake County school board has begun work on its budget for the next fiscal year and met with residents Tuesday night to discuss the numbers.

The $1.5 billion proposed budget was released last month and includes a $35.7 million increase in local funding, more than 75 percent of which is dictated by enrollment growth, prior commitments and the effect of recent legislative decisions, school officials said.

On Tuesday, school board members reviewed the documents and asked questions. The public also had their first opportunity to speak out about the proposed spending plan as well.

School officials said state and federal funding is still below pre-recession levels and, while money from the county is up, it only allows schools to keep pace with student growth.

“One thing that challenges us or constrains us is, we have to request so much funding just to keep up with growth,” said Wake County Public School System chief business officer David Neter. “Eighty percent of the request to the county for additional funding is not for new or expanding programs, but it is for the growth.”

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  • Shandy Scott Apr 6, 7:22 a.m.
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    Matt they would never do that because they have a cash cow and it is called the taxpayers.

  • Matt Nickeson Apr 6, 2:20 a.m.
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    I hear no talk about spending the money they do have more wisely.

  • Shandy Scott Apr 5, 9:50 p.m.
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    Last year’s state budget includes additional teacher raises yet our Democratic school board and Commissioners feel the need to give them a third raise in two years. This has increased our real estate taxes by over 15.3% in these two years. The bond passed in November of 2013 increased taxes by 9%. Merrill and the board increased it another 6.3% with the current budget. Add it up. Look at the future increases. In November of 2016 they will be presenting a two billion dollar school bond that will increase it another 22%. The school system’s plan to increase new teachers’ salaries over the next four years will increase taxes by 2.3% a year for the next four years. Add these up. We could be talking a minimum increase in rates over the next several years of well over 50%. These increases are for just raises. Do you seriously think they will need more of our money for other things. This does not even include the wasted transit referendum coming in 2016. Our taxes go up naturally with t