April 11, 2017
MARTINSVILLE – City Council members have a perception that the Martinsville School Board is not being entirely forthright with them about budgeting matters, according to board member Eric Hruza.
He said that is based on his conversations with “more than one” council member.
As a result, the board voted Monday night to release to the council a full line-by–line budget proposal for the new fiscal year that will start July 1 before schools’ Superintendent Zeb Talley officially discusses the spending plan with council members during a special council work session Monday night.
Martinsville City Council appoints the five-member school board. That is unlike in many localities nationwide, such as Henry County, where school boards are elected by voters.
Each year, the city provides its schools an allocation of local funds toward their operations to go along with federal and state funds they receive. The council does not manage the schools’ spending.
Tuesday night, City Manager Leon Towarnicki presented the council an overall city budget proposal for fiscal 2018. The schools’ spending plan, which is incorporated into the city’s, asked for an increase of $380,734, but the city instead is proposing to reduce the schools’ allocation by $260,116.
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