Tax rate freeze means more money for Moffat County

Gov. Bill Ritter's signature on the School Finance Act grants Moffat County School District an additional $273,645 in state funding next year.

The measure will grant Moffat County about $375,000 for the 2008-09 school year. By the third of the three-year plan, Moffat County -- as well as the other lowest-funded districts statewide -- will receive a minimum of 95 percent of the state average funding.

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As the lowest-funded per-pupil district in the state, Moffat County School District administrators have been working with legislators for more than a year on a plan that will decrease the disparity between the state average per-pupil funding and the lowestfunded districts.

Ritter's education plan would provide the necessary funding for Moffat County's proposal.

Still, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said receiving additional state funding does not deter the Board of Education from making 2 percent in cuts and reductions in the works for the 2007-08 budget.

The board is planning about $1.1 million in cuts for the 2007-08 budget and more than $600,000 in cuts for the following year.

The board still is considering asking voters to approve a mill levy override in November.

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