Sadly but not surprisingly, the school board once again voted to spend the money to rubberize the track at LHS. Bill Marcus and Ric Best were absent. It passed by one vote, 6-2. This is the fifth vote taken on the rubber track.
This time the board is asking to take the money from surplus in the current budget. $32,000.00 will be taken from the teacher salary line and $17,000.00 from the natural gas utility line. No cuts were made to cover the expenditures.
Just to make the point, I asked our finance manager what would happen to those surpluses in those two line items if we didn't spend them on the track and of course his answer was that it would just roll into our reserves.
So essentially, taking the $52,000.00 from the surplus is the exact same as taking it from our reserves.
The matter will have it's sixth and final vote at tonight's commission special called meeting just to vote on the rubber track. It will be interesting to see how commission will vote this time. The last time commission voted it down by a 6-4 vote with only commissioners David Meers, Brian Jenkins, Harold Duff and Sharon Yarbrough voting to spend the extra $52,000.00. Even though Meers voted for it in the last meeting, he said he wouldn't do it again.
We'll see how it goes tonight.
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