Tuesday, June 9, 2009

School and Road Budgets Reviewed

Putnam County's budget committee Tuesday night talked about the spending plans for the Road Department and the school system, but took no action on either. Committee members say they want more information on just how much revenue will be generated by a penny on the property tax rate before deciding how to proceed. A motion to have the Road Department operate with a five percent reduction in expenditures failed for lack of a second, and another motion to reduce their expenditures by three percent was withdrawn. Department bookkeeper Brenda Nash says any reduction in expenditures would simply mean that the county paves fewer miles of road next year. Meanwhile, schools director Dr. Kathleen Airhart says the school system is not asking for any increase in appropriations, but is asking the county commission to meet the appropriation that she says was given in good faith last year. She says the school board has cut two assistant principals, five teachers and three clerical positions from the budget, as well as five bus drivers. Custodians and cafeteria monitors who were laid off eariler in the year are also not being recommended for rehire.