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NONE OF US LIKE TAXES BUT

HONEYCUTT & BOE RESPOND TO COMMISSION'S LETTER

BY: PAT HUNTER

Nearly 5- months have passed since Commissioner Don Miller and Loudon County Commission wrote a letter to School Director Wayne Honeycutt and the Loudon County Board of Education requesting information about school spending. CLICK TO SEE DON MILLER - COMMISSION LETTER AUG. 9, 2010 TO SCHOOL BOARD PDF {Excerpt from Aug. 9, 2010 Commission letter regarding the School Operating Budget ... Continuing, significant increases in the County school operating budget over the past few years are a major concern for the County’s future finances. The school operating budget is by far and away the single largest expense for the County. It affects both the property tax rate and the funds we have available to carry out other County functions, such as public safety, roads, etc. School Operating Expense Budget History. From 2003/04 to 2008/09 (the period for which audit is available), school operating expenses (Fund 141) have increased from $26.9M to $37.7M. This is an increase of $10.8M or 40%. This works out to an average of over $ 2.2M per year in each and every year, or an increase of 8.1% per year. During this same period of time, there was a significant increase in staff of 165 teachers and assistants. At the same time, there was only a small increase in student population}

With the school building program on hold awaiting the budget process and funding approval by Loudon County Commission, property owners will likely face a large property tax increase just to build new schools. Add to that, an increase to the yearly operating expenses of $1 - $2 Million as per Honeycutt's presentation, just to bring schools to par. These are the proposed financial needs for the schools; we have yet to hear the budget requests of the Highway Dept, Sheriff's Dept and other county departments.

At last Thursday's (Feb. 3rd) school board workshop meeting, the school board, public, and press had an opportunity to see and hear School Director Honeycutt's 47-minute Power Point Presentation.

For those of you that didn't have an opportunity to hear the school director and school board's response, you will have another opportunity at today's Commission meeting:

LOUDON COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING,

6:00 PM - MONDAY FEBRUARY 7

COURTHOUSE ANNEX, LOUDON.

SCHOOL DIRECTOR/BOE ADDRESS COMMISSION'S LETTER - POWER POINT PRESENTATION 70 + SLIDES

Here's a SNEAK PREVIEW of slides taken by THE HUNTER REPORT - PAT HUNTER.

 

 

 

 

 

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02-06-2011