School board passes 1994 budget on third attempt ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

February 25, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County school board last night moved past its "budgetary gridlock" and adopted a fiscal year 1994 operating budget of $383.4 million and a capital budget of $105 million.

The budget is the same amount Superintendent C. Berry Carter II submitted in his amended plan last week, about $3 million more than the proposal he submitted in January, and a $34 million increase over the current year's budget.

The board made two attempts to pass the budget, each time receiving only two votes in favor of adoption. They unanimously adopted the capital budget and took a break before finally adopting the budget on a third try, 6-1, with board member Jo Ann Tollenger casting the dissenting vote.

"This budget doesn't meet students' needs, it doesn't meet employees' needs," Ms. Tollenger said. "And, frankly I don't know how to resolve that pay issue."

The newly adopted operating budget, which begins July 1, does not include any cost-of-living adjustments for school employees. This will be the third year in a row school employees have not received cost-of-living increases.

"At this time, the only thing we could include . . . is money for step increases," said board President Vincent O. Leggett. "We remain committed, steadfast and unmovable in our support of our employees."

However, the board did agree to forward a letter to County Executive Robert R. Neall, notifying him that if revenues increase beyond projections, the board would ask for supplemental funds to provide their employees with pay increases.

But Teachers Association President Thomas J. Paolino said the letter will do nothing for employees.

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