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Vote on reductions fails to pass with tie vote

June 21, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A vote Tuesday on several reductions in the Washington County Board of Education's fiscal year 2007 budget failed to pass.

The vote to balance the budget was 3-3, with Board Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer and board members Roxanne R. Ober and Bernadette M. Wagner opposed. President W. Edward Forrest and board members Russell F. Williams and Wayne D. Ridenour voted in favor. Board member Paul W. Bailey was absent.

The County Commissioners did not fully fund the Board of Education's fiscal year 2007 general fund budget request, so to balance its budget, the board would be required to make adjustments.

To balance the budget, the board would be required to decrease previously approved increases in several budgeted items by about $1.8 million, according to a report by Chris South, director of budget and finance. The decreases will not impact the level of services provided in the current budget year, he said.

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The most significant reduction was a $1.1 million cut from salary increases that were budgeted above negotiated amounts.

Forrest said the board would meet next Tuesday to come to an agreement on the budget before the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Board members questioned some salary numbers provided by South.

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