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School board revises budget to keep teacher pay raises

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Teacher pay raises will be considered in the revised budget the Robertson County Board of Education has sent back to the county commission. The board approved the budget at the Monday, July 10 meeting. CHERI REEVES

The Robertson County Board of Education has again approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2018, this time without the requested five cents of property taxes from the Robertson County Commission, but reconfigured to keep proposed teacher pay raises intact.

The plan, passed unanimously by the board of education at its Monday, July 10 meeting, keeps a three percent pay raise and a $700 hike in teacher pay, according to schools director Chris Causey.

At the June 27 budget committee meeting, committee chair Keith Hoover said the school district's budget would need to go back to the board of education without the five cents requested from property taxes.

Hoover said the goal for Robertson County budgets for all departments is to be adequately funded with the county's current property tax rate of $3.085, with the value of the penny being set at $137,500.

Prior to the board of education's Monday meeting, Causey told members of the commission's education meeting how the school district was able to come up with the $685,000 needed for pay increases.

"We have some savings from our changes in insurance," Causey said. "Also, funding came from the BEP revenues from the state and some other revenues that we learned about today."

Causey said the budget, approved unanimously by the board on Monday, heads back to the budget committee tonight. The budget no longer includes a plan to provide $1.15 in tax revenue to the school district, but rather $1.10.

"We feel like we can do exactly what we originally budgeted," Causey said. "The three percent raise was always there and not in question when we met with the budget committee."

The budget approved by Robertson County Schools stands at $101,660,000, according to Causey.

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