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June 9, 2008

Albany--  As Dougherty County School leaders balance their budget, they worry about the potential impact of a lawsuit filed by angry taxpayers.

The Dougherty County Taxpayer's Association filed suit hoping to get the countywide property reassessments thrown out.

Dougherty County school leaders passed a tentative balanced budget Monday night of $128 million that includes more than $2-million in cuts. They'll look to cut even more expenses from the budget over the next few weeks in an effort to build a surplus.

They say they may need that extra padding depending on the outcome of the lawsuit.

"We're trying to provide as much as we can while being fiscally responsible that if some of these things go against the school system, which they may, then we have the funds available to do whatever we need to do," said School Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

The finance committee is recommending seven other major cuts including scrapping overtime for school resource officers and increasing the system's insurance deductible.  A final budget will be adopted June 30th.

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