WBTV Speak Out Editorial: $50 Million "Bonus" for Mecklenburg Co.

$50 Million "Bonus" for Mecklenburg County

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

It's done.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.5 billion budget for this fiscal year.

Many county leaders called it good one, but some commissioners were hoping for more.

They wanted to give taxpayers a break.

Since the county experienced a $50 million increase in revenue, they argued that some of that money should go back to the taxpayers.

But that's not going to happen.

Instead, some agencies and services that have been suffering because of the recession will get some relief.

Previously cut library services will be restored. They will now be open 6 days a week.

Financial support will go to the Department of Social Services to help take care of a fragile population.

CMS will get enough money to start new academic programs and give teachers some specialized training.

They can also hire more counselors and social workers for students.

And for the first time ever, every school will have a full-time nurse.

But the budget did fall short in providing raises for most teachers.

As always, there were winners and losers in this long budget battle.

It can be debated whether or not the budget is a good one for Mecklenburg County.

Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com