DCSS approves budget

DCSS approves budget

Dougherty County school board members approved their 2016 budget after some last minute changes Wednesday.

The nearly $124 million budget includes no property tax increase, no furlough days and a 2-percent raise.

Staff members had to make adjustments after learning tax revenue for the system is projected to decrease by $312,000.

"We had to go back to the drawing board and make some adjustments in the budget. And instead of taking a quarter million dollars out of the fund balance reserve, we're taking a little less than $400,000 out so we're able to find about $150,000 in additional budget reduction items," said Ken Dyer, the DCSS Associate Superintendent.

School officials say they'll continue looking at ways to cut costs throughout the year. They plan to look at some of the vacant positions to see if they can be eliminated.

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