School Board Head Says Extra Money Is Not Surplus
The head of the Columbus Board of Education says she does not view revised budget numbers for the district to be a surplus. Published reports indicate the district's projected $19-point-two million deficit has been revised into a $51-point-one million surplus. Carole Perkins says the district has been cutting the budget for years and still faces more cuts next year. "To suggest that there's a surplus I'm disagreeing with that. And again, we're asking the community for money that is needed. If we lose, if we don't win the levy, there will be major cuts." District officials say the better projections don't reduce the need for a new tax levy on the fall ballot. The levy would translate into $315 in new annual property taxes for every $100,000 of home value.