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Hawkins County budget approval delayed at school board's request

September 23rd, 2013 11:29 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County budget approval delayed at school board's request

Hawkins County Board of Education chairman Randy Collier addresses the County Commission Monday seeking more time to work on the school system's 2013-14 budget. (photo by Jeff Bobo)

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Commission and a standing room only audience were dug in Monday night for a potential marathon debate on the proposed 2013-134 fiscal year budget, but it was not to be.

Whatever gripes, complaints, opposition, and/or problems with the budget proposal that were going to be aired out Monday night were trumped by the Board of Education, which apparently has serious budget problems of its own.

The Hawkins County BOE already approved its 2013-14 budget, which has been included in the overall $97.475 million county budget proposal.

During Monday’s County Commission meeting, however, BOE chairman Randy Collier asked the commission to pull the school’s $54 million budget so that newly discovered discrepancies pertaining to the new salary scale can be resolved.

Collier told the commission the school budget as presented didn’t reflect a 1.5 percent across the board pay increase which was intended by the Board of Education.

Read more of this story in Tuesday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.

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