Roanoke Has Long Given 40 Percent of Local Taxes to Schools. That Could Change.

Roanoke City Council members say the city has pressing needs that could benefit from more flexibility with any end-of-year surplus.

Roanoke City Council is considering changes to how it allocates 40 percent of its local tax revenue to Roanoke City Public Schools, a proposition Superintendent Verletta White called "very concerning." Above, White seen at an August 2023 Council meeting when members approved the district's plans to construct a new elementary school. PHOTO BY HENRI GENDREAU FOR THE ROANOKE RAMBLER

Roanoke has long steered 40 percent of all local tax dollars to the school district.

That could soon change.