ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System may have to dip into reserves to balance next year's budget without raising taxes.
The school board held a public hearing on its proposed budget tonight.
The system expects to get $400,000 less in property tax revenue because the county's tax digest is decreasing. It's also lost $35 million dollars in state funding in the last 5 years.
Officials say they're doing more belt-tightening to avoid a tax hike.
"We're cutting administrative positions," said Kenneth Dyer who serves as Associate Superintendent for the Dougherty County School System. "Like we've done in the past. And we're trying to protect the classroom and instruction as much as possible, and we're making our cuts in other areas of the budget."
Dyer said students nor taxpayers should feel any ill effects from the cuts.