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CMS leaders want new schools, county leaders unsure about cost

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are ready to build new schools, improve older ones, and construct new magnet schools. They want to do it with a $400 million bond referendum this November.

Before that can happen, county commissioners and county leaders have to believe it's the right time to ask voters to take on such an expense. 

County leaders want to tackle the cost of a $400 million bond package over a three year period of time and not the traditional 10 years.  But that might be a challenge.

County leaders say if other institutions like Central Piedmont Community College, Park and Recreation, and the Library system want bonds to build too, it might be difficult to fund CMS' wish list of $400 million dollar worth of projects.

"We are always committed to education," County Commission Chairperson Pat Cotham said. "And that is our important thing we fund. We're also in difficult times, so we have to look at everything. What makes sense and we have to keep our bond rating of Triple "A". So we have to keep that for the benefit of everyone."

CMS will present the plan to county commissioners in May while taxpayers will give their opinion of the proposed referendum April 9th.

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