The Wake County school board is facing a $29 million gap between what it wants and what County Manager Jim Hartmann is recommending.
Hartmann recommends giving the school system an $10 million increase instead of the $39.3 million increase it has requested. Hartmman’s budget would fund just about everything but the $29 million the school board wants to provide a 3.5 percent pay raise for all employees.
Hartmann said today the county would wait to see whether legislators approve Gov. McCrory’s teacher-pay increase.
“Once the state resolves this,” he said, “we will be in a much better position to understand future funding and decide how much to fund our school salary supplement, which is already the second highest in the state at an average $6,200 per teacher.”
The school board is budgeting a projected 2.5 percent pay raise from the state to go with the requested 3.5 percent pay raise from the county.
While Hartmann didn’t include any school system pay raises, he did budget a 2.75 percent raise for county employees.
Hartmann recommended limiting the property tax rate increase this year, the first one in five years, to just what’s needed to repay the school bond issue.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners will vote on the budget on June 16.