Lafayette school officials plan for $23.7M budget

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — The Lafayette County School District will ask for a 4 percent property tax hike to fund its $23.7 million budget.

The Oxford Eagle reports that district business manager Brian White says the state funding should amount to 52 percent, or $12.28 million, of the budget. White says another 8 percent, or $2.16 million, will come from federal sources.

White says local tax support should be $9.35 million, or 40 percent of the budget.

While the state funding is about $100,000 more than last year, White says it only partially covers increases for teacher pay and higher enrollment. He says additional local funding is needed to keep the district at the same level.

The school board must present the millage increase request to the board of supervisors.

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