There's a pretty good discussion about Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre's proposed budget going on over at the hippie's blog. Click right smack here for the goodness and some links.
As you might recall, Lord McIntyre is asking county Mayor Tim Burchett to give him roughly $3 trillion in folding paper over the next five years. (Actually, it's a lot less than that, but anything over “natural growth” is too much for Mayor Cheapskate. So it doesn't really matter.)
The proposal, I assume, has been turned over to Burchett by now, and he'll incorporate it into whatever he gives to the County Commission for final approval. At this point, the mayor is being pretty quiet about where he's willing to compromise, but he's made it pretty clear that he's not going to raise taxes to fund the school superintendent's request.
Anyhoo, check out the debate and weigh in. Also note that school board Vice Chairwoman Indya Kincannon is commenting over there, which is pretty cool, because it's not often that public officials do this. I mean, sure, they talk a big game about reaching out to/engaging the community, blah, blah, whatever, but it's really not that common.