Panel mum on schools' budget plea

March 30, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writers

The Carroll County commissioners listened to the school board yesterday, but said little to indicate how much of the school board's $118.7 million budget request they will pay for in 1993-1994.

Of the board's total budget request, $63 million is for local money. The rest would come -- school officials hope -- from state and federal sources.

The board also will ask the county on April 8 to pay for any raises negotiated with five employee unions.

Those talks are continuing. School officials so far are offering a 1 percent cost-of-living raise plus increments and longevity in the current contracts.

"We're not going to spend a lot of time pushing numbers at you," Superintendent R. Edward Shilling told the commissioners.

He said the additional $5.8 million requested this year from the county could be eaten up with the $4 million that the school system must pay in Social Security taxes. Those taxes were paid by the state until this school year.

More than $1.3 million is needed for new positions to accommodate growth, Mr. Shilling said. Among other growth costs are those associated with the opening of Runnymede Elementary School next fall, including utilities for the school.

Health and dental insurance costs are expected to rise by $1.1 million, and special education and transportation costs account for increased expenses.

In addition to the request for more county money, the schools hope for another $10 million in state and federal money next year.

The total budget proposal is about 6.4 percent more than the current year's budget, after midyear cuts.

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