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Budget Committee hopes to clear final hurdles

After the school system agreed to cover its deficit, Washington County Budget Committee members had two hurdles left toward approval of the balanced budget submitted for 2011-12.
The first was the public hearing scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 prior to the final vote by the county commission during the meeting that followed.
Commissioners were also expected to vote on the county tax levy, effective July 1 through June 30, 2012. While the proposed levy remains at the current $1.9139 on each $100 of taxable property, a change in the allocation of pennies from the Debt Service Fund to the General Fund was presented.
If approved, the new breakdown would be .7061 to the County General Fund, .1484 to the Road Upkeep Fund, .6974 to the General Purpose School Fund, .3229 to the Debt Service Fund, and .0391 to the Sanitation Fund.
The additional pennies to the General Fund that helped balance the budget came from the debt restructuring that paid off some notes and refinanced other pieces of the county’s debt.
In the event the budget was not approved, the agenda packet included a resolution for commissioners to authorize, if necessary, a continuing budget through Sept. 30.
A report also was expected from the Committee on Committees, which met earlier that day to discuss nominations for standing committees of the county commission.