CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of residents spoke out Monday night during a public meeting to discuss the county’s $1.7 billion budget.

While several people discussed funding for parks and greenways, by far the hot-button topic was funding for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“Your renewed support will ensure more Mecklenburg County children are supported through a positive role model this year, ensuring their academic and social success,” said one person.

Most of those who addressed the commissioners urged them to allocate even more money to CMS. Currently, the district is set to receive $15 million more than last year, but school leaders asked for $27 million more.

“So, I want to say to you as a taxpayer, who has an investment in this county, in terms of three young students going to CMS schools, I look at this recommendation by this county manager not as an expense, but simply as an investment,” said one parent.

Commissioners will meet later this month to discuss ideas that were presented by the public and officials before making their final budget vote on June 20.