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Charlottesville City, School System Budgets Presented to Council

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Charlottesville City Council heard budget proposals for the city and the school system Wednesday night.

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones presented his budget for fiscal year 2015. At $150.6 million, his budget focuses on schools and projects in the city like the West Main streetscape. It also sets aside $1.5 million for the schools, which would help them fill their budget gap.

City schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins also presented her $73 million spending plan Wednesday night. It’s up more than 4 percent from last year and includes more than $1 million in expenses for faculty and staff raises. It also sets aside just under $1 million for the increase in the schools’ obligation to the Virginia Retirement System.

In the city budget, Jones is proposing a tax hike, but only on cigarettes. That would raise the tax on a pack from 35 cents to 55 cents.

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