The board’s vice-chairman Earl McKee said the budget was well thought out, but it failed to accommodate cuts to education made by the state. The commissioners voted to raise property taxes by two cents, raising the overall tax to 87.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, according to the approved budget.
The added tax revenue will be given to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. Interim County Manager Michael Talbert said an additional $3.276 million would come out of the tax and go to the schools, although he did not know what exactly it would be used for.
“I expect they’ll use it to supplant funding that has been cut by the state,” he said. “They have a lot of latitude for how they spend.”
McKee said of the $200 million budget, almost $98 million would go to schools, which amounts to nearly 49 percent.