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Dougherty Schools budget gap equal to 6 million dollars

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Dougherty County School Board estimates their budget gap is now down to about six-million dollars after they got new information from the State Board of Education.

They thought they might have to cut as much as eight-million dollars from next year's school budget. The School Board finance committee met today and were told property taxes are down $500,000 from last year. That plus austerity cuts and a reduction in stimulus money equals about six-million dollars. Finance director Robert Lloyd is working on several proposals to balance the budget.

"We have various scenarios which we'll present to the finance committee next week and the following weeks until we balance the budget. We are looking at a balanced budget of approximately 114.5 million dollars which is the income levels we expect to get for 2010-2011," said Robert Lloyd, Dougherty County School System Finance Director.

Among the scenarios more than six furlough days and a reduction of the 180 day school year. The school system must have a budget in place by June 30th and must hold two public hearings before that date.

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