RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — Wake County commissioners passed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget by a 5-2 vote Monday evening.

Earlier Monday, commissioners also voted 5-2 on an amendment to give WCPSS $5 million more than what the county manager recommended, giving the school system $21 million over last year. That amount isn’t half of what the district requested, however.

The $5 million for the Wake County Public School System brings the total increase in funding from FY2017 to $21 million and the overall investment in public education in FY2018 to $430.9 million. This represents a 31.6-percent increase in the county’s contribution to the school district over four budget years;

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The budget also includes a request from the Wake County Board of Commissioners to the Wake County Board of Education to collaborate on a work plan that would develop a rolling, multi-year local operating budget forecast for WCPSS. The goal is to “clearly articulate, validate, and communicate the assumptions, drivers and priorities that will inform future funding requests from the school district.”

The Board of Education would be required to take action on this proposed partnership to launch development of the work plan.

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