Information from WYSH Radio
The Roane County school system is facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall and some are calling for a property tax increase to make up the deficit, while others are saying no tax increase is needed and that the schools need to live within their means. Among the options that have been floated include possibly closing Midway High School.
The Roane County Budget Committee has recommended a budget that includes no tax increase, but school leaders have asked for a 14-cent property tax rate increase.
Without the increase, the school board will have to make some significant cuts as the state has lowered its funding for rural school districts this year. The cuts could include skipping the purchase of new textbooks or scaling back athletic programs.
The Roane County Commission is expected to vote on the budget on July 8.
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