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Mabton finalizes new school budget for 2013-14

MABTON - Following a 45-minute study session, the Mabton School Board last night approved a $10.6 million general fund budget for the 2013-14 school year. The general fund covers day-to-day operations for the district. In addition, Monday night's action approved 2013-14 budgets for the transportation, capital projects, debt service and ASB funds at a combined total of just over $1 million. Thanks to more state funding, the Mabton School District will be able to decrease its budget deficit from $769,817 to $530,680. In 2010-11, the Mabton School District ran a budget deficit of $1.15 million. The $10.6 million general fund budget approved last night retains the district's music program. During a two-hour budget study session earlier this month, the idea was raised of cancelling the program to further cut the deficit. Mabton schools have been dealing with enrollment declines, but Business Manager Gina Grow told the board if there's an increase next year the district's budget deficit should be further trimmed. The general fund budget for 2013-14 represents little more than half-a-percent increase in the budget from 2012-13. However, the $10.6 million budget is still about $50,000 less than the budget figure from 2011-12. In comments during the study session, Grow noted the budget for next school year had to be approved this month as school starts in August. She said budget proposals were delayed this year due to the late finish of the state's legislative session. Lawmakers didn't wrap up their work until last month.

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