State Budget Talks Holding Up Local Governments


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Local governments are starting to get their budgets together for the upcoming year, but the uncertainty in Richmond is making it tough to iron out some details.

In Harrisonburg, the proposed school budget for next year is relying on about $29 million from the state, which comes out to nearly 50 percent of the budget, more than last year.

It's that current uncertainty which is making things tough to plan.

City councilman Richard Baugh said in planning for next year, the city uses a formula of how many students are expected to be attending and that helps to show how much the city will get from the state, but nothing is certain until a budget passes.

For Baugh, he said this is can be a complicated process.

"It is annoying, and of course this year, they're primarily fighting over the Medicaid funding issue, but from our perspective, there's a side of it, where it seems like it's always something," said Baugh.

The school board has not presented its budget to the city council yet and Baugh said the longer this goes on in Richmond, the more the city's process gets pushed together as city leaders try to piece together the budget.


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