Loudon County budget proposal draws fire

Mayor in favor of redistribution of school funds

Hugh Willett Special to the News Sentinel

LOUDON — A proposal before the Loudon County Commission to use money earmarked for the schools to pay for county operating expenses is getting a less than warm reception from the school board.
In a County Commission Budget Committee meeting last week, County Mayor Estelle Herron made a recommendation to transfer “four pennies” of the tax rate — or about $640,000 per year — from the education debt service fund to the county general fund.
According to school board member Dr. Gary Ubben, the school board already had plans for those funds. “Those four pennies are needed to borrow money for the second phase of the school building program and to be able to pay it back in a reasonable amount of time,” Ubben said.

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