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Montgomery BOE Walks Thin Line on Budget
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

July 13--  The Montgomery County school board may face some difficult decisions if Georgia's economy doesn't improve.

School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten informed the school board Monday night it will have very little in reserve funds in its new budget.  

The school board is expected to keep the property tax millage rate at 12.1% when it votes at a called meeting July 29.  However, because the county tax digest is less than last year, the same millage rate will bring in about $100,000 less than it did in 2010.

The school system's state allocation of funding is also down nearly six percent from last year.

Dr. Batten is encouraged that June revenue collections in the state showed a slight increase, however, he's concerned that if state revenue collections don't continue to improve, state funding to schools could be cut again in fiscal year 2011.

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