Audience waits for Knox Co. Mayor Burchett to propose his budget. 5/1/30
Mayor Tim Burchett planned to lay out his proposed budget for Knox County on Wednesday morning.
What could be most noteworthy about the budget process this year is the different tone from last year when the mayor and Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre were at odds over additional school funding.
For the 2014 fiscal year budget, Burchett was expected to announce that his proposal would fully fund the school district's request.
The mayor's total proposed budget, which - if approved by county commission - would take effect with the beginning of the next fiscal year on July 1st, totals approximately $734,500,000.
That's an increase of $22,300,000 from the current total budget.
Burchett is proposing no property tax increase.
As far as the schools, which is the biggest part of the county budget, the mayor said he would recommend the county commission approve the school board's nearly $420,000,000 operating budget request.
In addition the mayor said his budget would fund the school district's nearly $14,000,000 capital plan. That includes new school security measures such as a video camera system and school access control.
"Clearly what we're after, what I'm after, and what the superintendent of the school system is after, is a better school system and a more highly-educated child," Burchett said of the KCS portion of his budget. "We've just come to an agreement this year."
Also on the mayor's capital plan is funding for the Karns Connector road project, the Karns Senior Center, and a million dollars toward a safety center.
Of course, the county commission has to approve the budget first and can make changes.
You can watch Mayor Burchett's budget address live here on wbir.com this morning at 9:00.