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Franklin Co. Board debates over $2 million dollars

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Franklin County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night to hold a public hearing over $2 million in carryover money from last years budget. 

The original budget adopted by the County was $124,295,601 and will now be increased to $5,301,758.

Most of the money comes from carryover from the School Board. Now the school board is arguing that the money should go back to them, not the county.

Here is a breakdown of the money.

Additional Appropriations Since July 1, 2013 -  Approved by the Board of Supervisors:

  Adult Education Regional Program

$979,770

  July 2013 County Appropriations

$32,418

  September 2013 County Appropriations

$82,365

    

Subtotal

$1,094,553

 

 

Appropriation Requests Considered by the Board of Supervisors on September 17, 2013:

  School Carryovers

$1,297,100

  County Carryovers

$910,105

  Debt Service Reserve

$2,000,000

 

 

Total

$5,301,758

Although a carryover is common for Franklin County as well as the school board, it is required by law to have a public hearing when the carryover is greater than 1 1/2 percent of the total budget.

Bill Brush has served on the Franklin County school board for a decade now.  He's no stranger to growing needs in school systems and shrinking government funds.

"We have federal laws and state laws that require us to educate and provide a free and appropriate education for every child under the age of 18," said Brush.

Now after a year of pinching pennies to save for the next school year -the school system is fighting to retain that money saved.

Brush says the school system received money it hadn't expected. This comes from grants, the federal government, and school boosters.

With extra money , comes a lot of extra opinions.

Some folks sounding off at Tuesdays meeting think the money should be saved.

"That carryover would be very well served in order to protect ourselves from a decline in revenues, in order to meet the funding needs of the business needs in our county," Brad Archer said.

Another wants the money to go towards bringing in more businesses for the county.

"Make a decision accordingly that would bring in more jobs and taxes, so we will have more revenues to work with in the future," John Lipscomb said.

School leaders suggested a detailed budget for what they plan to do *if* they keep the 1.3 million.

More than 700-thousand dollars would go towards new school buses.

More than 200-thousand dollars for unanticipated energy costs.

More than 200-thousand dollars will go to build a new server building to house important and  costly IT equipment.

25-thousand dollars for a new girls softball batting and pitching cage, and the remaining 177-thousand would go to the school board contingency fund.

While one by one, many stated their opinions, it will all be up to the Board of Supervisors to decide.

The vote was tabled until the next Board of Supervisors meeting in mid-November. 

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