NEW: City Budget Includes Most Of Schools' Funding Request

Proposed Spending Plan Would Boost Share By About $1 Million

Posted: April 23, 2014

HARRISONBURG — The proposed city budget gives Harrisonburg City Public Schools most of its funding request for the next fiscal year.

Harrisonburg's fiscal 2015 budget, which was presented to City Council on Tuesday night, is available to view online here. Featured in the $214 million proposal, which comes in about $7 million higher than the original 2013-14 plan, is a $28.3 million allocation to the school system. That’s about $1 million more than the city currently contributes to the school budget.

Superintendent Scott Kizner had presented a $62.7 million budget to council that included a $28.7 million request from the city, about $1.4 million above the current allocation.

In a letter to council, City Manager Kurt Hodgen said the new $1 million to schools “essentially” provides for a 2 percent salary increase for school employees.

A public hearing on the spending plan is set for May 13. Fiscal 2014 starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015.

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