Cooke said even with no increase, he expects to have an extra $22 million to work with.
Cooke proposes giving Wake County Schools an extra $3.9 million. That's less than half what the school board had requested to cover its shortfall.
Cooke also wants to increase spending by:
- $5.9 million to public safety
- $1 million to Health and Human Services
- $2.1 million to elections
- 2 percent pay increase to county workers
Cooke said the actual bottom line for his budget is $10 million less than last year. But with revenue increases and cuts in other areas, he has more to spend in other areas.
More information on the proposed 2013 budget is posted here on the county website.
The County Commission can accept Cooke's proposal or make any changes it sees fit.