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Lawrence BOE opposes bill

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — The Lawrence County Board of Education joined the County Commission and area municipalities Monday by opposing a proposed bill that would cut the school system's budget by more than $20,000.

If approved, the legislation would create a Lawrence County Economic Development Fund using a 3 percent increase in TVA in-lieu-of-tax payments the county began receiving in 2006. A commission made up of members appointed by the legislative delegation would disburse the money — which amounted to about $85,000 in 2006 — to promote industrial growth, recreation, fire services and conservation, according to the bill.

The county received more than $2 million in TVA money last year. The board of education received one-third of that and municipalities received various percentages, leaving the county with about $800,000.

If the bill is approved, the county would lose about $65,000 and the schools would lose about $22,000.

Local officials have bashed the proposed legislation, claiming it takes money from the county, city and school board budgets and puts it into a "slush fund" for the legislative delegation.

The Lawrence County Commission and the Moulton, Town Creek and Courtland councils have all passed resolutions opposing the bill, and the school board made the same move Monday.

The motion passed unanimously with no discussion.

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