Schools' Proposed Budget to Get More Revenue

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Faced with leaking roofs over several schools, Marshall County's Budget Committee is recommending county commissioners add $300,000 to the school budget, although the Board of Education had sought much more.

To beat an Oct. 1 state deadline so the county won't miss a monthly payment of Basic Education Program (BEP) funds, the school board is holding an emergency meeting at 10:15 a.m. Friday so the county budget office may schedule a public hearing on Sept. 11 and a budget can be adopted on Sept. 24.

The unanimous decision by the budget committee on Monday night calls into question whether county commissioners can create a capital budget from which money could be allocated for projects such as courthouse improvements, sheriff's patrol cars and ambulances.

"The problem is we're going to have to borrow money" to start the capital fund, Commissioner Mickey King said, explaining the revenue "is not coming in at one time."

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