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Hawkins commission barely approves budget, avoids state funding freeze

October 3rd, 2013 2:07 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins commission barely approves budget, avoids state funding freeze

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County was one vote from failing to approve its 2013-14 budget Thursday, the consequences of which would have been dire for the county government and county school system.

If the county hadn’t been able to send an approved budget to the state by Monday, Hawkins County government as well as the school system would have been excluded when state funding checks were cut in Nashville on Oct. 15.

The final vote was 11-7 with two abstentions. The 11 votes were the minimum needed for approval.

Most of the pre-vote debate Thursday morning centered around the school portion of the overall $99.1 million county budget.

Two commissioners who voted against the budget expressed objections to the pay increase the school system's transportation director and maintenance director received, most of which was approved by the BOE two years ago.

Another commissioner who voted against the budget expressed objection to the $2,000 annual stipends school supervisors have received in addition to their salary for many years.

One commissioner who voted against the budget complained Thursday that the gym at Volunteer High School is “nasty.”

The two commissioners who abstained are both county employees.

Read more in the Oct. 4, 2013 print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 


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