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AVCS officials looking to fill budget gaps

AuSable Valley Superintendent Paul Savage speaks during a school board meeting.

AuSable Valley Superintendent Paul Savage speaks during a school board meeting. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Savage said the current budget plan calls for $231,000 in fund balance that is coming from a premium that was part of the capital project. He added that he would be concerned using more fund balance, which is currently around $675,000.

“Our fund balance is not large and for us, we have to think beyond one year we have to look two or three years out,” Savage said. “If we are going to use that, we have to be systematic about how we use it because something can happen.”

Savage said that no matter what the state numbers come to, the district will work to keep quality programs while providing a budget that can be paid for by those in the district.

“I think that we as a whole have done a god job maintaining our programs and being able to save a little in fund balance in the past,” he said. “I hope that we can continue to do that again after this year. We are not magicians. We do our best to maximize what we have and do our best with it. We have tried to always watch those two numbers and keep them to where we can maintain what we have and taxpayers can continue to afford it.”

The next school board meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 17, and will include a budget workshop and the potential approval of the 2013-14 budget by the board. That budget would be voted on by district residents Tuesday, May 21, with the budget hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.

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