By LEANN McCOY
A proposed budget of $34,114,918 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year was presented to the Grenada School Board during a special meeting Tuesday night.
The meeting was open to the public to express opinions and concerns for the budget, but only school board members were present.
Business Manager Bo Surrell said that before he started the budget work, two important ideas were on his mind.
“When I do this budget every year, I try to protect the financial integrity of the school district and try to remain sensitive to the taxpayer,” Surrell said.
Surrell said that a lot of the money the school district depends on has either been severely cut or is gone completely.
“Since 2008, Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) has been cut by 10 percent,” said Surrell. “Our ad valorem tax reduction money, which has helped give a small break to local taxpayers over the years, is completely gone. There will be a time when a tax increase will be asked for, but right now is not the time.”
According to Surrell, the school district is budgeting roughly the same amount of ad valorem taxes for next year that it expects to receive for this year.
“When we request local support, we are allowed by law to request four percent above what we received the previous years,” said Surrell. “We have not asked for a tax increase since the 2009 fiscal year.”
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