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The meeting marked the latest step in the winding road commissioners have taken toward a county budget a year after the
The road took another twist last week when the legislature approved a bill that prevents the school board from suing the county over its budget allocation for two years. The new legislation also mandates the school district's funding, at a level close to where commissioners had landed.
During this budget season, county commissioners first approved increases in the district's funding -- but not at the level the district wanted. Commissioners then withdrew those increases before restoring them and even increasing part of the allocation.
The school district is now in line to receive
As it stands, the school district funding would result in a 14.3 percent tax increase. Other options could be in play, including using rainy day reserve funds or issuing general obligation bonds, or a combination of methods.
The state legislation also locks in a similar schools funding amount for the next budget, along with increases for inflation and student population growth.
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Commissioners are expected to decide how to pay for the school funding increases, and take a final vote on the overall budget, at their
The total county general operating budget for 2014-15 is
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