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School board hosting hearing on draft budget

February 24, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the draft budget for fiscal year 2004-05.

Board members and staff are scheduled to give a presentation on the budget before opening the hearing up for questions.

At its Feb. 17 meeting, the board voted unanimously to take to public hearing a draft of a $158.3 million budget.

The proposed budget for the 2004-05 fiscal year that starts July 1 calls for increased spending of $13.5 million - about 9 percent - over that of the current fiscal year, according to budget documents.

The budget asks the Washington County Commissioners for $78.7 million, a $4.7 million increase over what the county is providing for the current fiscal year, school system officials say.

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The county funding increase, if approved, would help pay for salary increases and rising health-insurance costs, system officials say.

The board's budget calendar calls for the governing body to adopt the budget on March 16 and present it to the Washington County Commissioners the following week.

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