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Budget Shortfall Could Mean Pay-Raise Cut for Wake Schools

Posted June 23, 2007 10:23 a.m. EDT

— Wake County Public School System leaders might cut employee pay raises to deal with a budget shortfall.

School officials are expected to discuss the propose to drop $4 million in salary increases, as well as funds to start lacrosse programs at high schools, at a work session scheduled for next week.

The system will also use more than $800,000 from its reserve fund.

In May, the school system requested $305 million to keep up with growth and the influx of students, and county commissioners hinted that it would be able to allocate $294 million without raising taxes.

On Monday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved a 0.8 cent increase in the county property tax rate that will give the school system $6 million more for its 2007-2008 budget but $5 million less than what it requested.