Garrett County’s FY 2013 Budget to Fully Fund Education, Maintain Tax Rates

Garrett County Commissioners have recommended a FY 2013 budget of $72. 8 million.  As reported by the Cumberland-Times News, tax rates will stay the same and a two-year plan will be put in place for funding education.

The fiscal year 2013 budget was balanced without having to borrow money or change the tax rate, Garrett County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt said during a review of the budget on Tuesday at Garrett College.

“We have been able to keep the tax rate the same and are able to appropriate monies toward the board of education.

The proposed budget includes an appropriation of $31.3 million to education for fiscal year 2013, with $25.3 million appropriated to the BOE.

“It is important to repeat that ($25.3 million appropriation) because that is the number the board of education has been told to count on for 2014,” said Pagenhardt. “The board of education knows their operating budget for 2013 and also 2014.”

The total appropriated to the BOE includes $500,000 the county put up to reduce the number of cuts to teachers from 40 to 28.

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