With budget woes dominating the national spotlight, Charlottesville's city manager released the proposed budget for the next fiscal year on Thursday.
The biggest expense is once again city schools. The school system will receive almost $1 million in new funding, as it continues to grapple with losses in state funding.
But City Manager Maurice Jones says chipping away at school and departmental budgets is not the way to address school funding issues. He says it's time to find a better strategy.
"We don't feel comfortable continuing to use one time money or quasi-one time money to help cover this deficit," said Jones.
Jones says City Council and the school board are in the process of forming a commission to look at long term school funding strategies.
The already approved school budget and proposed city budget will both be presented to City Council on Monday.