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'Not going to support giving them another dime': Meck leaders to give CMS $10M less than it asked for

Mecklenburg commissioners agreed to give Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools an additional $30 million next year, $10 million less than the district requested.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County commissioners voted Wednesday to add $30 million to next year's budget request for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. That's $10 million less than the district asked for, according to a Mecklenburg County spokesperson. 

The Board of County Commissioners took a straw vote on adding $10 million to County Manager Dena Diorio's recommendation to provide $20 million to the CMS budget. The board also discussed and voted against an additional $6 million on top of the $10 million for CMS. 

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Commissioners spent part of Wednesday's meeting questioning County Manager Dena Diorio over money for CMS, who said they don't have enough extra money to give CMS everything it wants. 

Diorio wanted to give CMS $20 million as part of next year's budget. Wednesday's meeting inflamed passions about the lack of progress seen from CMS.

"I'm not going to support giving them another dime," Vilma Leake said. 

The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to finalize the 2023 fiscal year budget next Wednesday, June 22. 

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