Sunday, May 31, 2009

Budget Discussions Begin Again

It's going to be a busy week for a number of city and county officials, beginning Monday night with members of the Putnam County budget committee. They'll be getting together to discuss the road department budget and the requests that have been made by all of the non-profit agencies that seek funding from the county. A week from Monday, the committee will meet again to go over the school system budget. County officials have already told department heads to prepare a zero-growth budget, as well as plans that reduce expenditures by three and five percent. School system officials say the state also requires what they call a "maintenance of effort" when it comes to funding and they say the less-than-expected revenue from sales tax over the last year means that more pressure will be put on the property tax just to stay even. Meanwhile, Putnam County's land and facilities committee will be meeting on Tuesday evening, the county school board meets Thursday afternoon, and the Cookeville city council has a meeting scheduled for Thursday night.