ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County school board members tentatively approved next year's budget Monday night.
The nearly 124-million dollar budget increases spending by 2.3-million dollars.
There will be $240,000 taken out of reserves; the lowest amount in four years.
The budget includes no property tax increase. No furlough days and a 2% raise.
"The board made some tough decisions. We made the decision to close three schools and made some other cost saving measures that were not popular at the time but the board had the courage to do the right thing to position us for a better fiscal position in the future and the future has arrived and I think we are seeing the fruits of those tough decisions right now," said Kenneth Dyer DCSS Associate Superintendent.
Two public hearings will be held on the budget on June 16th before the board takes a final vote on June 24th.