Schools to face more $$$ cuts?

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By Claude Lewis

This past summer, the Florida Department of Education warned school districts across the state that a general revenue shortfall could lead to a 4 percent cut in funding.

Deterioration of the housing market was fingered as the main culprit.

Lo and behold, they were right, as each district had their take shaved by 4 percent. In Levy County, that added up to slightly more than $634,000.

Now just three months later, more storm clouds are on the horizon.

Levy Superintendent Cliff Norris received a letter from DOE stating that revenues are expected to be 3.9 percent less than the August estimates.

That means an additional substantial amount could be lopped from Levy. It would be pro-rated and deducted from the bi-monthy payments.

"The letter usually tells us c"It's a precurser. They're saying they don't have as much as they thought they had. They can't give away what they don't have."

The state legislature has the final say on all budget matters.

"I don't know exactly what the impact on us would be," Clemons said. "We'll have to wait and see what happens."

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