Apr. 28, 2011
After numerous budget review sessions, the Garrett County commissioners have agreed to appropriate an additional $700,000 to the Board of Education for Fiscal Year 2012, county administrator Monty Pagenhardt announced on Tuesday. These funds will be transferred from the county’s unrestricted/undesignated fund balance.
This newest earmark is in addition to the previously announced $1 million increase in FY ’12, compared to FY ’11. Pagenhardt noted that the $1.7 million proposed appropriation to the BOE would be the largest annual increase ever approved.
“The additional allocation of funds will assist the Board of Education with a projected residual shortfall of $1.365 million that has been determined,” he said.
The total proposed FY ’12 allocation to the BOE from the county is now $24,874,000. This is still below what the board had requested from the county – $28,687,825. Its FY ’11 BOE allocation was $23,174,000.
Pagenhardt said that although the BOE has not presented its comprehensive budget to the county, the commissioners project that the additional allocation – combined with cost savings from the board’s employee retirement incentive plan and supplementary public education funds secured in the 2011 Maryland General Assembly session – will reduce the BOE’s funding shortfall to $665,000.
He noted that county officials have worked to close its own $17 million funding shortfall, and reiterate to the BOE that all county departments have incurred budget cuts or have been flat funded in FY ’12. County capital projects have been repeatedly scrutinized and reprioritized, Pagenhardt said.
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