Arlington Schools Seek Larger Tax Increase

Arlington County school officials are urging the county to raise taxes even higher than planned to help pay for an expected surge in enrollment.

The county is considering a 3.2 cent tax hike to cover a $22 million shortfall in its 2014 budget.The Washington Examiner reports

that school officials want taxes raised by another half cent for a total increase of 3.7 cents.

School Board Chairwoman Emma Violand-Sanchez says the increase would raise about $3 million to prepare for 1,000 new students expected to enroll next year.

The school system faces a $25 million shortfall. Superintendent Patrick Murphy proposed a budget that consolidates some programming and eliminates 62 positions.

The county manager's current proposal would increase school funding by nearly $11 million. But school officials say that's not enough.

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