Parts of EBR school tax plan could go broke

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Posted: Nov 4, 2010 10:26 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Nov 4, 2010 10:26 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: EBR, schools, tax plan, money, sales tax, teachers, salary, discipline, propositions

BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School District is facing more bad news about its tax plan.

The district's financial folks said sales taxes will get worse before they get better, and if more isn't done to bring in money, the balances for two of its three propositions will be bare.

The district's tax plan pays for school construction, teacher salaries and discipline programs. It relies on sales taxes, which are down, leaving the program millions of dollars short of the district's projections.

The superintendent has proposed cutting back construction projects and even closing schools to make up for the lost money.

Advisors said even after cutting programs and staff, the parts that pay for alternative programs and supplemental salaries for teachers are headed for deficits in two years.

The board will consider a revised plan to use what money is left by the end of the year.

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