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Commissioners plan to adopt budget Tuesday

May 14, 2003|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners said Tuesday it would be another week before they're ready to vote on the county's proposed $138.6 million operating budget for the next fiscal year.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said by phone Tuesday night he had questions about the proposed budget and would like to try to put more money toward debt reduction.

The commissioners plan to adopt the budget next Tuesday.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2004 is $4.9 million more than the current budget of $133.7 million.

The spending plan includes $74.6 million for the School Board. That amount is $2.9 million - or 4 percent - more than the county's contribution of $71.7 million for the current fiscal year.

The School Board had asked for $78.4 million, saying the additional money was needed to meet new federal mandates of the No Child Left Behind act, according to the county.

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Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said at Tuesday's meeting he wanted the county to set up a plan that would allow the School Board to purchase eight or nine school buses a year for the next four years.

Eight buses would cost the county $540,000 a year.

The commissioners also plan to set proposed transfer and excise tax rates next Tuesday, they said. They hope to generate $2.4 million for fiscal year 2004 through the taxes.

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