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Parts of the budget get first votes
No, they haven’t figured out what the real estate tax will be, but the City Council’s getting down to the wire on its budget talks, so they approved, on 7-0 votes, the schools budget and a few smaller fees for the next fiscal year. They had to take their first vote on the schools, because state law says they’ve got to take the second required vote by mid-May.
The proposed budget, which got approval last night, only gives the schools $1 million of the $2.2 million in additional city funds they’d wanted next year.
That could still change before the second vote, but nobody gave any clear indications tonight of where any additional money for schools might come from.
After these budget votes, Councilman Marvin Dixon made a statement about city budget priorities in voting against giving $1,000 for James Monroe High School’s after-prom party.
"We’re going to have to get used to saying ‘no’ to some people, even if it’s for small amounts," he said.
Matt Kelly cast the only other opposing vote on that measure.