WILLIAMSON CO., Tenn. – A Williamson County commissioner believes that leaving two newly built schools vacant for a year could help the county save money.
Commissioner Jeff Fords told Nashville's News 2 the idea may not have much support yet, but he hopes the proposal “will jump start the discussion to avoid a planned property tax increase” for the suburban county just to the south of Nashville.
The newly constructed schools that may remain closed for a year are Summit High, which would serve the Spring Hill side of Williamson County, and Clovercroft Elementary on the east side of the county.
Ford believes the county could save more than a million dollars if the two schools delayed opening by a year.
Currently, the commission is considering a 23 cent property tax increase to fully fund its proposed $386 million county budget, with schools making up $236 million dollars of the total budget.
Commissioners hope to vote on a final budget at their meeting on Monday.