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When did the Brunswick County School Board sue the county commissioners for more money to operate the schools? What was the basis for the suit? How was it resolved?

The Brunswick County School Board, or the board of education, sued Brunswick County Commissioners in 1994 for more money to operate Brunswick County schools. The school board sued because instead of awarding the schools’ request for $13.8 million for the fiscal year 1994/1995, commissioners allocated $9.2 million to the schools because they were upset by the school’s spending. When the case went to court, a jury awarded the schools $14 million, a decision the county appealed. On March 9, 1995, the school board and the county compromised and reached a settlement, which entailed the county appropriating an additional $1.35 million to the schools for the 1994/95 fiscal year and designated 23 cents of the county property tax rate to the schools for the next two fiscal years, 1995/1996 and 1996/1997. 21.5 cents was to be designated for current expense, while 1.5 cents was to be designated for capital outlay.

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