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Linden board approves $6.1M budget

The Linden City School board unanimously approved its $6.11-million budget at a called meeting on Tuesday.

The budget calls for almost $6 million in expenditures, leaving a surplus of $110,600.

“We don’t have a lot of surplus, but we have some, which is good, considering the times that we live in,” superintendent Scott Collier told the board. “It’s roughly 2 percent of our budget.

“I wish that it would stay that way, but talk of proration — it might take care of all of that. I’ve been told it could be anywhere from 5 to 10 percent. We do have some flexibility that we can take advantage of to hopefully not have to get into this too much.

“We’re estimating the balance to be about $360,000 right now, which is pretty close to our one-month operating expenses. If it doesn’t get much higher than 5 or 6 percent, I feel like we’ve got a pretty good chance of making it through this year and still be relatively close to our one-month balance. That is my goal; that’s what I’d like for us to do.”