Board risks jobs with deficit budget
The Cowichan Valley School Board is reluctant to balance its budget this year.
The board is ready to present a deficit budget to the B.C. government, something that's actually not allowed under provincial legislation.
Trustee Cathy Schmitt, isn't on side with that plan, she said the risk is too high.
“It is really scary to think that our board is moving forward with the thought that the minister is going to actually come up with some extra cash to support this restoration budget. And that is really scary to me because the minister has made it so clear that the dollars are the dollars and that we are not going to get anymore, so in the end our budget is going to reflect a deficit.”
Schmitt believes a balanced budget is doable and that there are surpluses this year to work with.
“I am fully prepared to look at the original draft the secretary treasurer gave us, with the figures that I received as far as what we have as a surplus. I have every intention as an individual trustee to go through those numbers and see if I can put together a balanced budget.”
The trustees that voted in favour of the deficit budget say it takes a stand against over 10 years in government spending cuts in the district.
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