|While school systems across the state and country are
looking for way to trim their budgets, seems the Loudon County school
system is intent to just get fatter.
A couple of weeks ago I reported that county school administrators had presented their 2010-2011 budget request that asked for nearly two million in new operating costs. Sadly, after a couple more budget meetings that request has been only been reduced to about $1.8 million. Given the current state of the economy, the pending building program and just general common sense $1.8 million in new spending is ridiculous.
To begin with, it's not likely that commission will raise the property tax rate this year nor should they so there will be no new revenue. This leaves only one place to get any additional revenue to cover the extra $1.8 million in new spending. The building fund.
$1.8 million increase in the school operating costs would require a 15 cent property tax increase or taking the 15 pennies from the building fund which would eliminate the building program all together.
In order to balance the budget and at the same time eliminate some questionable spending here are my recommendations to the budget committee.
These are just some options the budget committee can take to balance the budget. There are more.
On the other side, the board needs to provide all school employees with a pay increase this year if there is any way possible. That may depend entirely on how successful we are in trimming the budget. It would be my hope that we could provide a 2% or 3% increase to all employees.
The next meeting of the budget committee will be this Thursday at 4:30 at the Central Office board room.