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DCSS finance panel gets first look at new budget

Dougherty County School Board Finance Committee, from left, Chairman James Bush, Robert Youngblood and Carol Tharin discuss the DCSS’s proposed FY 2014 budget with Finance and Operations Director Ken Dyer on Tuesday. Dyer plans on presenting a final budget to the full Board on June 26.

Dougherty County School Board Finance Committee, from left, Chairman James Bush, Robert Youngblood and Carol Tharin discuss the DCSS’s proposed FY 2014 budget with Finance and Operations Director Ken Dyer on Tuesday. Dyer plans on presenting a final budget to the full Board on June 26.

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County Finance Committee on Tuesday got its first look at a tentative $119 million annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1.

The proposed budget is $3 million higher than the FY 2013 $116 million budget, and includes savings of $1 million from the shuttering of three schools and another $1 million from the closing of the DCSS's residential mobility hub.

The budget has $29,150,000 in capital projects, including major renovations at Dougherty High School.

The system anticipates spending $77,636,297 on instruction during the upcoming school year.

Two public hearings will be conducted before June 26, when Director of Finance and Operations Ken Dyer plans to present the new spending plan to the School Board for approval.

Dyer added that the system will place the proposed budget on the DCSS website for public perusal, but did not have a date for when it would be available for access and download.

In action items, the committee voted to move the purchase of seven additional school buses before the full board, pending notification of the state's bond allotment. That allotment covers the majority of the cost for each bus, with the district making up the difference.

The committee also considered a request from the DCSS Stadium Authority for a 10 percent increase in its budget, from $100,000 to $110,000. The authority has not had a budget increase in more than a decade.

Committee member Carol Tharin questioned whether the Stadium Authority had plans to increase usage fees for Hugh Mills Stadium. Tharin asked that County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks, or his representative, be present at the next board meeting to answer questions before a vote is taken on the authority's request.

The next board meeting is set for Monday at the School Administration Building.