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Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

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The school board had budgeted for a 2 percent raise for staff, but state overestimated tax revenue that would have paid for salary increases. Now, Galax will have to find a way to pay for raises out of its budget.

By Shannon Watkins

Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.

At the July 12 meeting, Sturgill informed the board that the state had overestimated tax revenues by 1.5 to 1.8 percent, which created a huge gap in funding available for state employees, including teachers.


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