County Commission's controversial discretionary funds can't be spent on schools, attorney says

County attorney Rheubin Taylor initiates voting during a Hamilton County Commission meeting in this file photo.

A day after Hamilton County Commissioners defeated a budget veto to keep $900,000 in commission discretionary funds, they learned that money can't be spent at county schools.

County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said late Thursday the state comptroller's office notified the county of an attorney general opinion that says general fund money can't be spent toward education.

"The attorney general's opinion basically states that county funds cannot be spent over and above the educational tax levy," Taylor said. "Any above that can't be authorized."

Hamilton County Commission Chairman Jim Fields declined to comment on the matter, saying discussions between Taylor and the commission fell under attorney-client protections.

photo County attorney Rheubin Taylor initiates voting during a Hamilton County Commission meeting in this file photo.