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June 13, 2006

Valdosta -- The Valdosta Board of Education released it's annual budget for the 2006-2007 Fiscal year. For the past two years the budget has called for an increase in taxes.

This year, the board will not be raising the millage rate. The budget also allotted for a four percent pay increase for all teachers and staff and assured that no programs would be cut from the schools' curriculums.

"We feel in this district that it's extremely important we put our students first and therefore we don't like to cut any instructional programs whether it'd be liberal arts or athletic programs or just regular academic programs, because those are the things that are going to improve test scores," said Assistant Superintendent for Finance Dr. Bill Cason.

Many Georgia schools are cutting teacher's salaries and terminating instructional programs due to budget cuts on a state level.

By not raising taxes, keeping these programs, and increasing pay, the Board is facing a deficit of over $540,000. They hope to regain this back through economic growth in Valdosta.

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