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Wake County Commissioners Unanimously Vote For $620 Million Budget

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WAKE COUNTY — After weeks of tense negotiations, the Wake County budget is finally a done deal. Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve the $620 million spending plan for the next fiscal year.

Unlike many other local communities, Wake County is adding 50 new positions, including 24 sheriff's deputies. Instead of raising property taxes, commissioners used nearly $10 million in savings to help preserve school programs.

"Sometimes, you have to do those kinds of things to strike a balance, and that was the way in which we could strike a balance between funding and the tax increase," says county commissioner Linda Coleman.

Commissioners hope a citizens advisory committee will help re-evaluate school funding needs for next year. The new budget also includes a 4.25 percent pay hike for most county employees, including commissioners.