For the fourth year in a row, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger presented a budget without a tax increase to the county commission.
The proposed 2015 budget, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2015, is $7.2 million more than the current year, for a total of $672.5 million.
Nearly 60 percent of the budget -- or $399 million of it -- will go to the county's schools budget.
The budget also includes a 2.5 percent across the board raise for county employees.
There will be no needed funds from the general fund balance, although $2.6 million will come from the department of education and juvenile court's balances to cover costs for those departments.
Read more in Thursday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...