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Pasco sets new budget-cutting target



Budgetcuts_6-1 The numbers have swung from as low as $32 million to as high as $75 million as Pasco's money managers have tried to figure out how much spending they'll need to cut for next year.

With the Florida Legislature's budget nearly done, district officials now have their target in site — $45.4 million.

That's figuring no enrollment increase, despite the state's projection that Pasco will grow by 280 students. It also takes into account a larger than expected decrease in the county's property roll.

How will the district deal with this number? The superintendent's budget advisory committee talked about a variety of possibilities today, including taking $1 million from the district Pepsi fund and another $1 million from the Place after-school program account, and implementing a one-day furlough for all employees.

Many other ideas abound, such as changes to alternative education and transportation. Several require negotiations. The School Board has made no final decisions.

For more details, check out the district's latest budget Power Point presentation, and short spreadsheet on the status of general operations funding. The advisory committee plans to meet again in May.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:20am]


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