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Board rejects budget procedure proposal

Gloucester supervisors voted against a proposal Tuesday night that would have allowed the Gloucester County School Board to automatically use any unspent appropriations at the end of any fiscal year to fund its next fiscal year’s capital projects.

In the past, the school board has had to come before the governing body each year to formally request appropriations of unspent funds from the division’s operating budget.

According to Gloucester’s interim county administrator Sandy Wanner, who recommended approval of the policy, it would have served “as an incentive for the schools to ensure that spending is managed and that the unspent funds will be used to benefit the schools and the children they serve.”

Under the proposal, the money would have been automatically earmarked to fund projects in the school division’s already-adopted Capital Improvement Plan, or any other essential or unforeseen capital improvement as approved by the school board.

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