City Council accepts county schools’ repayment plan
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Dec 11, 2012 | 715 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland City Council on Monday accepted Bradley County Schools’ offer to repay $1.422 million over a period of 30 months beginning July 15, 2013.

The Council voted on the items without comment. The vote was 6-0. At-Large Councilman Richard Banks was absent.

The repayment plan is part of the settlement stemming from the 2009 sales tax dispute between the city and Bradley County. County commissioners approved the repayment plan Dec. 3 and Bradley County Schools did likewise on Dec. 5.

The resolution stated Bradley County Schools are funded below the state average per pupil expenditures. Since 82 percent of the budget is designated for personnel, the settlement payment will have a direct and significant impact on school system budgets for fiscal year 2013-14 and beyond.

The resolution stated that repayment of the money would impact decisions regarding potential future pay increases, possible reductions in the number of available teachers and paraprofessional positions.

The resolution continued by stating that Bradley County Schools has considerable capital maintenance needs which must be funded within the system budget. Those needs include technology improvements to address the requirements of online testing.

Also, the settlement will have a direct adverse impact on the capital outlay budget which is already less than the amount determined by the school board, according to the resolution.