Budget doesn't include raises for Rutherford County teachers - WKRN News 2

Budget doesn't include raises for Rutherford County teachers

Posted: Updated: May 15, 2014 05:41 PM
Rutherford County's school budget does not include pay raises for teachers. Rutherford County's school budget does not include pay raises for teachers.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The school budget in one of Tennessee's fastest growing counties does not include any across-the-board salary increases for teachers, but it likely won't lead to a property tax increase for the second straight year.

The measure adopted Wednesday night by the Rutherford County School Board trimmed about $3.3 million for the group's original "wish list."

The $306.7 million school budget now goes to Rutherford County Commission for its approval.

The school board plans a joint meeting with the commission's finance committee on May 27th to go over the proposed budget.

Typically the school budget is nearly three-quarters of the overall budget in Rutherford County.

School board members like Aaron Holladay point out that the budget being sent to commissioners reflects about a 2.4 % increase over this year’s $302 million spending plan, while student population is growing at a 2.9% rate or approximately 1,200 students yearly.

Rutherford County Education Association President Emily Mitchell tells News 2 she "hopes the new budget will avoid any potential layoffs of teachers and staff."

County Mayor Ernest Burgess told News 2 the school board action makes the commission "very hopeful we can do this without a tax increase,"
but he cautioned that some other figures in revenues and spending need to come in for the final months of the fiscal year before a final decision is made.

He indicated that the commission will likely use reserve funds to balance any revenues in the budget that come up shorter than projections.

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