Sustaining the identical property and property tax price and the preliminary failure to extend the tax on meals turned the funds surplus right into a deficit. This pressured the council to haggle and make cuts in different areas, reminiscent of a $ 345,000 mowing contract and spending on coaching and mileage for employees.
A lot of the council’s funds discussions have centered round funding for faculties, which totals $ 311.6 million in native, state and federal funds. Native funding for the varsity system quantities to $ 132.3 million.
Three supervisors – Frazier, Chris Yakabouski and Gary Skinner – labored to shut a $ 2.1 million hole within the demand adopted by the varsity board. This cash would permit the varsity system to offer employees a 6 p.c improve as an alternative of a 5 p.c improve. Faculty workers didn’t obtain a deliberate 4% elevate final yr.
Finally, their colleagues – supervisors Tim McLaughlin, David Ross, Kevin Marshall and Barry Jett – supported a funds that didn’t fill the void. Frazier, Yakabouski and Skinner all voted towards this funds.
Yakabouski made a number of makes an attempt to shut the funding hole for faculties, all of which failed. Skinner criticized supervisors who weren’t in favor of giving more cash to the varsity system.
“Why do folks suppose faculties do not want the cash?” he requested, including that college employees didn’t obtain a elevate final yr whereas different county division employees, reminiscent of hearth and rescue and the workplace of the sheriff, did it.