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Commissioners pass education operating budget

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Monday afternoon the Shelby County Commission approved the budget for the for 2013-14 fiscal year for the Shelby County Board of Education.

However they have not settled on a way to pay for that budget.

The commission voted to approve the budget with seven yes votes. Three commissioners voted against the school district budget. There was one abstention.

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The school board budget was approved, but not without a great amount of disappointment that none of the school budget leaders were there to answer questions.

The budget passage almost didn't happen as there was a motion by Commissioner Wyatt Bunker to delay the vote until July 8. The motion failed.

The commissioners also voted on a tax rate ordinance, which includes a 36-cent tax increase. The tax rate ordinance came up one vote short of passing, failing by a 6-5 vote. However the motion will still be given a third and final reading at the July 8 meeting.

Commissioner Sidney Chism abstained.

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson was not present for the school district budget passage.

The last day for Memphis City Schools is Monday, July 1.

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