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Toombs BOE OK's Tentative Budget
Thursday, 09 July 2009

July 9--  The Toombs County school board approved the system's tentative 2010 budget Thursday night and board chairman Danny Bowen says it's the tightest spending plan he's seen in all his years on the board of education.

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley told the board expenditures from last year to this year have been reduced by $3 million.  He said federal economic recovery funds were the only thing that allowed the system to balance its budget.  Even so, the system's $3 million in reserves has been reduced to just over $600,000.

The superintendent says there are no more teaching positions which can be cut.  Meanwhile, he's considering shared services with neighboring school systems to save money and seeking state and federal grants for new revenue.

Dr. Brantley is depending on just over $3 million in local property taxes to make budget.  However, the Toombs County tax digest has yet to be published and chances are it will be less than this year due to a freeze on revaluations imposed by the state legislature.

The school board is taking a wait and see attitude on setting the school tax rate. Dr. Brantley says the 11.4 mil rate now in effect is among the lowest in Georgia, but that could change if the digest loses value.

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