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CMS superintendent proposes 3 percent raise for all employees

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It is expected Charlotte - Mecklenburg School (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison will request about $46 million more from the county to help educate students. The request includes a 3% raise for all CMS employees.

That could cost the county about $18 million. The county already gives CMS nearly $360 million. Now the superintendent would like $46 million more, taking the amount to more than $400 million.

"They're gonna try to squeeze as much money out of the taxpayers as they can," County Commissioner Bill James said. "But we have an obligation that taxes are not excessive."

The $46 million more also includes money for establishing more literary initiatives, creating more learning options for students, hiring more counselors and social workers for students and other programs. CMS leaders say the county is experiencing a surplus this year. They believe that surplus should be spent on the school district. County leaders say not so fast.

"We are doing better than we expected to be doing," Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller said. "It is still not a surplus, but we are in a position where we can make some choices."

Fuller said the commissioners will support CMS, but at what level, he doesn't know.

"We are committed to properly funding and investing in education in our community," Fuller said. "We can talk about what level that should be at. I look forward to the conversation."

School board members and taxpayers will weigh in on the superintendent's proposed budget before the final budget is approved in May.  Once that happens, county commissioners will have the final say.  County leaders expect to approve its budget sometime in June.

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