No Tax Hike by Lauderdale County Schools

The Lauderdale County School System passed its budget for the upcoming fiscal year Tuesday. It does not include a tax increase. The $60 million budget passed during a special called meeting.

Eighty percent of that budget is salaries for teachers, administrators and support staff.

Lauderdale County superintendent Randy Hodges said it is important to keep taxes down this year because of the hardship the difficult economy has put on many people.

"We do feel comfortable with it. I think Lauderdale County's done an outstanding job of managing their funds over the recent years," said Hodges. "And as a result, we think we can go into this year without raising taxes and still manage and do the things that's necessary for our children."

The school system's budget goes into effect at the beginning of the school year.

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