published Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hamilton County Schools budget 'close' to balanced

by Kelli Gauthier

During a finance committee meeting, Hamilton County Schools Chief Financial Officer Tommy Kranz estimated that the school system faces a $1.4 million projected budget deficit, the smallest in years.

"For us, that's real close to being balanced," he said. "Normally that number is closer to $6 million or $7 million."

If the Hamilton County Commission succeeds in withholding the Payment in Lieu of Taxes money set aside from schools, as commissioners discussed doing this morning, the school district would be $7.4 million in the hole, Kranz said.

The commission suggested this morning that the county set the PILOT money aside to pay primarily for land acquisition for schools, building new schools, and renovating and maintaining current facilities.

See Friday's Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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