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Hawkins commission meets to approve budget, avoid state funding freeze

October 2nd, 2013 9:36 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins commission meets to approve budget, avoid state funding freeze

ROGERSVILLE — With the federal government already shut down, the Hawkins County Commission meets Thursday morning to prevent a possible shutdown of its own.

Director of Schools Charlotte Britton told the Hawkins County Board of Education Tuesday that approval of the county budget this week is imperative. If the state doesn’t have the approved county budget by Oct. 7, Hawkins County won’t be included when state funding checks are cut in Nashville on Oct. 15.

The First Tennessee Development District told the school system Tuesday that if the budget is not approved this week, the Tennessee Department of Education will withhold BEP funding.

In addition, the state has the right to withhold federal funding if the budget isn’t approved.

That’s not to mention state funding for the county government that would be frozen as well until a budget is approved.

A special called County Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday morning to consider final approval of the overall $97.475 million proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget. 

Read more in Thursday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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