Counties to lose varying amounts to deal with budget cuts

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Counties to lose varying amounts to deal with budget cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s latest mid-year budget cut means Kanawha County’s public school system is slated to lose roughly $1.1 million.

That’s according to the West Virginia Department of Education’s response to the state Budget Office regarding how it would disburse Tomblin’s $11.1 million ordered cut among the 55 county public school systems.

Education department spokeswoman Kristin Anderson said the state Department of Revenue gave her department instructions on how the cuts must be divvied among the counties, but Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss must still sign off on the education department’s proposal.

Anderson said the education department -- to comply with a separate cut to state agencies that Tomblin also ordered -- is proposing cutting $1.7 million from a budget line item for counties dealing with increased enrollment. She said these growth counties have already been allocated the money they were owed from the line item, and the remaining $1.7 million would have had to be returned to the state anyway.

The state aid funding formula is largely based on enrollment. Kanawha, the state’s most-populous school system, is planned to receive the largest cut at $1.1 million, while the state’s second-largest system, Berkeley County, will see the second-largest cut, at $746,000.

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