The Wisdom of Bloggers: Doesn’t Balancing a Budget Mean Spending Only As Much as You Take In?
The next issue on the table was the school budget, with resident Dennis Geoffroy making a motion to add $99,999 to the bottom line of $64.4 million.Only technically?
Resident Scott Duckworth spoke in response to the motion and asked the school committee if the district’s budget had officially been balanced after the state announced its decision to level-fund education aid, which left Coventry $600,000 in the red.
“It is a balanced budget that we put together, which, as we all know now, is $600,000 short of what we requested,” said School Committee Chairman Raymond E. Spear (R-Dist. 1).
“But if you don’t have the money for it, then it’s not a balanced budget,” retorted Duckworth.
“Well, technically, no,” answered Spear, “but we are aware of the place we’re at and we recognize that the budget is going to require cuts of up to a half a million dollars or more.”
In the end, 105 residents voted to give the additional money to the school department compared with 144 who opposed the action.