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Budget work has been completed and the budget committee plans to submit the proposed budget during the September county commission meeting, at the Polk County Courthouse in Benton.

Budget work has been completed and the budget committee plans to submit the proposed budget during the September county commission meeting, at the Polk County Courthouse in Benton. If the budget passes, the tax rate will remain at $2.18/hundred valuation. The School Board was able to eliminate $60,000 from their budget by not replacing a music teacher, enabling the county budget committee to avoid making additional cuts or raising the tax rate.

John Pippenger reminded budget committee members that if the proposed 91% of collections fell short, the required funding approved for the school board would have to come out of the fund balance. Commissioners previously voted to fund the hiring of two preschool teachers and aides as well as a vice principal at Benton Elementary. The county budget is usually set with an estimate of 90% of property taxes being collected.

All budget committee members present voted to send the budget to the commission for approval. Daren Waters and Greg Brooks were absent.

 

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