Breaking Down the Local Impact of the Passed Budget


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Taking a closer look at the details of the budget cut, as a result of the deal, things like public safety and teacher pay will be impacted.

In total, this budget deal cuts about $850 million in spending, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch

$3 million of that cuts funding for additional sheriff's deputies across the state.

In Rockingham County, there was a request for five additional officers; however, as a result of this deal that won't be happening. Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said back in 2008, the county had to cut five positions, either for patrol officers or in the office. They have been short-handed since then.

This year, as a way to fill that gap, a request was put in for state money to hire five additional officers, but as a result of the budget deal, that request was denied.

State money for teacher raises was also cut; however, it's unknown how that will affect areas, like Harrisonburg, where the city picks up some of the tab for those raises. Teachers in the city are scheduled to get a 2 percent raise.

Exact numbers, as far as how much is being cut in each locality, should be available either later Friday or tomorrow, according to the Virginia Municipal League.


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