FACT CHECK: Yes, Hamilton County teachers are paid less than surrounding school districts
Earlier this month, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson presented the annual budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which included a $34 million increase compared to last year's budget.
The extra funding would go toward new technology, additional positions, and upgrades to old facilities.
It's a budget Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd opposes.
He held a community meeting to speak out against a proposed tax increase.
Boyd says the budget increase is not necessary.
According to Hamilton County school leaders, teachers are paid less than teachers in Cleveland City, Maryville, and Oak Ridge school districts.
"Teachers aren't being paid less and they aren't being lost to neighboring counties because of pay," Boyd said.
Channel 3 investigated to find out if that was true.
According to the 2018-2019 Salary Schedule Report from the Tennessee Education Association, Hamilton County ranked #29 for starting teacher salaries in Tennessee.
However, Cleveland City Schools ranked #12, Maryville ranked #13, and Oak Ridge ranked #20.
Starting teacher salaries for teachers with a bachelor's degree:
-Cleveland City Schools: $41,503
-Oak Ridge: $40,380
-Hamilton County: $39,592