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.