How much influence does the Board of Commissioners wield with school budgets?

Orange County provides supplemental funding to our public school systems to make up for shortfalls in state funding. These supplemental funds pay for additional personnel, salary supplements for teachers and school administrators to help the schools attract and retain experienced and qualified teachers, and other needs requested by the schools.

However, final decisions on how these funds are used by the school systems rest with each Board of Education. The Board of County Commissioners does not dictate how these local funds are prioritized and spent. The county receives funding requests from each school system, reviews those requests and then decides on an amount to provide to the systems. The county does not go through the school's requested budgets and decide which items they will fund. Each Board of Education prioritizes how they will spend the funds from the county.

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1. How does the county budget work?
2. Why does the BOCC provide so much funding to public schools? Isn't that the state's job?
3. How much influence does the Board of Commissioners wield with school budgets?
4. Why are you always raising taxes?
5. How will you spend revenue from the 1/4 cent increase for climate change?
6. Instead of climate change, why doesn't the Board do more to eliminate poverty?
7. What role do the commissioners play in the budget?
8. Why doesn't the county attract more commercial development to reduce the burden on personal property owners?
9. Can the public get involved?