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County Commission Budget Committee seeks balance Monday

On April Fool’s Day next week, the county budget will present no small monetary joke, as the County Commission Budget Committee commences the budgeting process for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

“This is the first step of the budgeting process. Our goal is to reach a balanced budget, and I look forward to a positive outcome,” said Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson. “The body will review budget proposals from about 34 different categories in various county departments.

“We have a commitment to the funding of public education as a top priority, but we also have to be fair and equitable throughout all departments,” said Anderson. Last year, the WCS district absorbed about 63-64 percent of the total county budget.

This fiscal year, the school board will request $260 million – a 2.6 percent increase from last year, necessitated largely by an influx of 900 more students for the upcoming school year, which is a 2.73 percent or an increase. The current student population is approximately 32,000. The WCS budget proposal will be presented at the first hearing Monday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. during a joint meeting with the County Commission Budget Committee and the Education Committee in the Auditorium of the Williamson County Administrative Complex.

“With a growing school system, it brings challenges and opportunities,” said Anderson.

For the first round of the county budgeting process, the budget committee will meet Monday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Complex in the conference room.

Posted on: 3/29/2013

 
 

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