Stephens Co. BOE Approves Tentative FY 2014 Budget

The Stephens County School System continues to move forward with its Fiscal Year 2014 budget process.

Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously approved the tentative Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the purposes of advertisement.

School staff presented the tentative $31.9 million budget to the Board Thursday at a work session for review.

The school system’s tentative Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget of $31.9 million is slightly smaller than the current Fiscal Year budget of $32.1 million.

According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, the school system projected a drop in local property tax revenue due to a 3 percent decrease in the tax digest, as well as a 10 percent drop in federal funding.

Whiten said most of the savings in the budget are coming by not filling a number of positions that are coming open through retirement or people leaving and then moving people around to fill areas where there are needs.

Whiten said that the tentative budget does not have any furlough days for staff built in and none are planned for next year at this time.

In addition, the tentative budget does not project any change in the millage rate.

The Board of Education will have to vote to approve the budget officially again next month.