2017-06-12 / Local News

Public hearing on school budget tonight

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Local residents can comment about spending plans for public schools today (Monday) at a Cherokee County School Board budget hearing.

Trustees will hold their required hearing on a nearly $72.4 million budget at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Cherokee County School District office at 141 Twin Lake Road in Gaffney.

Trustees approved first reading of a balanced budget that contained no tax increase at their May meeting. Following Monday’s hearing, the school board will vote at its 7 p.m. regular meeting on final approval of the new budget.

The proposed spending plan takes effect July 1.

“The purpose of the hearing will be to allow members of the public to express their views regarding the district’s proposed general fund budget for the fiscal year 2017- 2018,” finance director Steve Bratton said.

District figures estimate total expenses at $72,395,501 for the 2017- 2018 fiscal year.

Copies of the new budget are available in the school district office.

The general fund provides money for the district’s basic education and operational programs such as academics, transportation, maintenance and human resources. This year’s spending plan represents a $1.3 million increase from the current $71.1 million budget.

There are no new programs in the budget.

About 85 percent of the budget covers salaries and benefits for employees.

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