Meetings to watch this week:
• The Charleston County School Board will be digging further into the budget this week. Members requested that staff find $9 million to cut from the budget to avoid an increase in property taxes on owners of commercial and rental property (as well as your car taxes). There will likely be an update on that progress at Monday night's regular board meeting, but the district will be holding the public hearing on the budget at a special meeting on Tuesday night. Also Monday, the board is expected to consider inserting furloughs in next year's school calendar.
Both Monday's meeting and Tuesday's public hearing start at 5:15 p.m. in the board chambers at 75 Calhoun St.
• Developers of a boutique Wentworth Street hotel are going to make another attempt to win over the City of Charleston's Board of Architectural review on Wednesday. The modern design and seven-floor layout at 79 Wentworth (next to the Wentworth garage) has concerned board members in the past. So the architects have chopped off a few floors and added some features to spice up the design while not giving old historic Charleston a heart attack. Expect opposition from folks who are anti-tourist and anti-tall buildings, but this latest design seems to address all the board's concerns.
Upper King Street hot spot Raval will also be going in front of the board with some proposed storefront changes — mainly adjusting the opening of the bar to be a little more modern and a little less awkward for front-end patrons. The meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at 75 Calhoun St.
• Charleston County Council's Planning/Public Service and Finance committees will meet on Thursday. The Finance folks will wrangle with nearly $4 million in proposed rural greenbelt funding requests, as well as some additional program spending in the Awendaw area. The committee will also consider a resolution in support of Lowcountry Local First's 10 percent shift program, a nonprofit effort to get shoppers to buy local. The meetings will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday on the second floor of the Lonnie Hamilton III Public Service Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston.