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Dougherty School leaders continue budget process

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

June 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School leaders continue to try to balance their budget but there are financial obstacles in their way.

Right now the system's $128-million budget is balanced. But school leaders worry a pending lawsuit filed by the Dougherty County Taxpayer's Association could affect how much property tax revenue they get.

They're working to make cuts to add financial padding. State-mandated pay increases will also cost the school system $3.7 million. The state will only provide a little more than $700,000.

The finance committee is trying to find ways to cut the budget, including looking at how departments are operating and controlling overtime.

"Eventually it may cause a reduction in staff but at this point no one employed by the system is going to lose their job," said School Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

At a public hearing Monday night, only a handful of school board members showed up and there was no one from the public. The final budget is scheduled to pass June 30th and go into effect July 1st.