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Richmond Schools Could Be Getting up to $8 Million

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - A face-off between Richmond City Council and the mayor seems to be over as City Council appears to support new plans to fund schools and police officers.

Two days ago, City Council was at a standstill saying they couldn't approve a budget without the mayor providing surplus numbers. They hoped to use the extra money for schools.

City Council unveiled new plans that will fund schools and police without using money from the surplus.

"I am in firm belief that council and the administration can sit down together and find a resolution that avoids problems," says Councilman Charles Samuels.

City Council is figuring out a way to fund pay raises using millions of dollars sitting in a fund left over from completed city projects.

"In this case it was for teachers, police officers, firefighters and employees and to make sure that the schools got the $3.8 million that we had promised," Samuels says.

City Council had until Thursday to let schools know how much money they'll be getting. The amendments haven't been approved but by amending the budget they have officially taken care of meeting the school's deadline.

And schools could also be getting up to $8 million a year for improvements, but Samuels says that could be up in the air.

"I think it's safe to say at least $5 million a year."

As far as improvements to schools and the rest of the city, that's expected to be discussed at a meeting on Monday. That meeting will also include discussion about funding for the ball park in Shockoe Bottom.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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