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School Board wrestles with the budget

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By Ada Lang

Levy schools Finance Director Bob Clemmons says dealing with the 2011-12 budget is a bit “like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking down.”
Clemmons, in a presentation on Tuesday to the Levy County School Board, outlined the factors that have made this year’s budget the most precarious one he has handled.
• Declining property tax and state revenues combined with the unfunded mandate of the 2002 Class Size Reduction Amendment to the Florida Constitution is forcing the school board to make steep cuts.
• Levy County residents' rejection of a proposal to raise the capital outlay millage rate from 1.5 to 1.75 mills. The vote cost the schools $800,000 in anticipated money with half coming from the state.
• Declining enrollments add to the pinch because the schools receive funding based on full-time enrollment. From the 2004-05 to 2010-11 school year, enrollment has  declined from 6,137 to 5,599 students. While the drop has slowed, there is no sign that will go up in the near future.


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