Budget doesn’t include raises for Rutherford County teachers

Budget doesn't include raises for Rutherford County teachers (Image 1)

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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