School budget facing the ax
Funding for the Washington County Board of Education took center stage at a County Commissioners budget workshop Thursday.
The commissioners set a $4 million increase in operating funds as a working figure. The school board requested an $8.6 million increase for pay raises and new programs.
A $4 million increase in operating funding would bring the county's contribution to $54.2 million, more than half of the county's $105 million working budget.
County Commissioner James R. Wade said that the county was working toward fully funding the school board's request, minus a $3 million pay raise.