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Albemarle Supervisors Approve Budget, Tax Rate Increase

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Albemarle schools will only get half of the money needed to cover a funding gap - now the division has some tough decisions on the horizon.

Ahead of Wednesday's budget vote, the school division put a list of potential cuts on the table. With the $1.2 million gap still there, the question is: will the cuts become a reality?

Albemarle supervisors approved a budget and set the tax rate Wednesday. A .4 cent rate increase means the school division will get an extra $600,000.

"We'll just have to go in and make those cuts now," said Pam Moran, Albemarle County Schools' superintendent.

Cuts to education will be made because the extra cash only covers half of the school funding gap.  The division has previously said nine new teaching positions in the middle and high schools would be on the chopping block. Cuts could also come to programs and services for at-risk students.

"The reason I was willing to go out on the limb for the schools is that they have increased mandates, increased enrollments, increased school lunch, and increased technology costs," said Duane Snow, Albemarle County supervisor.

Snow was behind the tax rate compromise, but the bump was not unanimous. In the end, the vote was split four - two.

Supervisors Rodney Thomas and Ken Boyd were against the increase, saying the school division would just have to do more with less and find efficiencies.

"I really was not interested in increasing taxes on anybody this year," said Boyd.

School division staff is working on the plan to make cuts and give the school board recommendations.

The school board will have to balance the budget by April 30.

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