Hamilton Commission, School Board in a Stalemate Over Budget

The Hamilton County Commission yesterday voted down a 34 cent property tax increase intended to benefit area schools, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The controversial move brings talks regarding the county schools’ and overall fiscal budgets to a stalemate. County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said after the meeting: "The commission will need to wait on the school board now to respond … The whole budget has not and will not be approved until a new item is brought to the commission." The Hamilton County school board will have to present alternatives to the commission by Aug. 31 for consideration, prior to passage of the overall budget. 

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