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School Board passes budget

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

June 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty Board of Education members approved a budget Monday that is slightly higher than last year's. The $128 Million for the 2009 fiscal year is up just more than two million dollars from last year's budget.

Board member James Bush blames unfunded mandates from the state for part of the increase. He said, "The process is one where as the state senators and state representatives, they decide to say, well, we're gong to give state certified employees 2.5%, but they only send 1.5% money and the other money has to come from the taxpayers. That's why people are up in arms over the budget, but it's mandated."

There won't be a tax increase to pay for the additional spending. Board members actually rolled back the millage rate slightly by .005 mills because the tax digest is expected to increase.

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