Beaufort Co. school board, panel discuss funding

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - School may be wrapping up this week for students in Beaufort County.

But debate over finances and the budget continues. Earlier Monday, school board members and district officials met with Beaufort County Council's Finance Committee to discuss funding.

School board officials say the district should have received more revenue from the county related to a tax increment finance district in new river. They say that due to various changes in state law and increase in population in that area, they were underfunded.

"For the current year, $1.6 million. That's big funding when you've got county council saying no tax increase and we have a school district where they've decreased our budget do to all of the mandated costs so consequently we're making sure we have all of the money we're entitled to so we can provide quality education to all of the students in Beaufort County," said George Wilson of the school board.

Beaufort County Council Finance Committee Chairman Stu Rodman says the county council and the county will be looking into this matter.

The county is supposed to take a final vote on the school district's budget next week. The matter will likely not be resolved by then.

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