Roane County Schools officials are looking at making major cuts, after county commissioners voted down a proposed property tax increase.
Director of Schools Gary Aytes says the school system is facing a $1.5 million dollar budget shortfall. The schools proposed a 14-cent tax increase to help make up the difference. Commissioners voted down that proposal Monday.
Aytes says this was the first time since the mid-1980s that the school system has asked for a tax increase. It will now be forced to make some cuts, which could include textbooks, school resource officers and money set aside for capitol projects.
The school board will meet next week to talk about the cuts.