WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr said Tuesday that he supports funding the School Board's budget request in full.
The Board of Education's general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year is about $226.9 million, and includes about $7.79 million in new expenses.
The board is asking County Commissioners for $87.28 million, which is about $3.04 million more than last year.
Barr said he was pleased to see that in a tight budget year, the school board's request for fiscal year 2009 was only a 3.6 percent increase over the last fiscal year.
"Personally, I will push for it," he said.
Washington County Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Chris South said that for the past three years the County Commissioners have provided only enough funds to maintain the same amount of spending per student each year. If the commissioners provided that level of funding this year, it would be an increase of about $500,000 --Â $2.5 million less than has been requested.