County Schools Expecting $9.4 Million Revenue Increase; To Announce Spending Plan Next Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

County School finance officials said Thursday they are projecting a $9.4 million increase in revenue.

That will increase total revenue to around $409 million.

Officials next Thursday will outline projected spending for the upcoming fiscal year.

Brent Goldberg, finance director, said local taxes for schools should be up 1.54 percent. He said much of the increase will be in higher sales tax collections.

He said the school system expects to get $174 million from the state. That includes the Basic Education Program (BEP).

Mr. Goldberg said the state increase will be 3.95 percent. He said that is below the level of recent years.

The county schools this year is using priority based budgeting. It is based on five focus areas from the school board's strategic plan.

Board member Rhonda Thurman asked for a list of new positions added during the current year as well as new positions for the upcoming budget. She also asked for salaries on the posts.

Supt. Bryan Johnson said even with the added positions that the school system is still well in the black. 

Mr. Goldberg said the school system fiscal operation "is in very good shape." He said, "The system has been extremely fiscally responsible." 


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