It looks like the school system will be more conservative in how much money it requests from county commissioners in the new budget.
As noted in today's article, school leaders say they'd be content with getting just a $6.6 million increase from commissioners this year. That's far less than the $54.7 million increase that the school board unsuccessfully sought last year.
But also as noted in the article, Harold Webb, chairman of the board of commissioners, said it might not be possible to even give $6.6 million more. Doing so would require either cutting some other part of the budget or increasing property taxes.
There doesn't seem to be a willingness to raise taxes. County Commissioner Stan Norwalk said during yesterday's joint meeting that it didn't make sense to raise taxes during the middle of a recession,
That's why Norwalk floated an idea in which the school system could benefit from money it saves in its building program. He proposed that for every $1 saved, the county should put 20 cents of it into the school district’s operating budget.
Webb questioned whether it would be possible to implement Norwalk’s proposal.
For now, the school system will continue to work on the budget. Superintendent Del Burns will present his proposal to the school board in March.
Click here for the presentation that County Manager David Cooke gave yesterday that painted such as dark budget picture for both boards.