MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula County school board met Tuesday evening to approve this year's budget. 

Staff members believe the year is off to a positive start. Schools didn't have to cut any faculty members and were able to give teachers a two-year salary contract.

For the 2014-2015 school year, teachers will receive a 1.5-percent increase and then a 2-percent increase the following school year.

MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle was relieved they didn't have to make any cuts this year.

"Anything that we can do to increase teacher and staff salaries are very important. Our teachers and staff work very hard; they've produced outstanding results and I believe that they deserve the very best," said Apostle.

Although taxes are going up in the city of Missoula, this year’s school budget was able to cut taxes.

For Missoula County Elementary Schools, taxpayers save $2.56. A tax increase for Missoula County High Schools amounts to $0.12 each month.