Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

June 5, 2014

Threat of state government shut down could impact Tazewell school system

TAZEWELL, Va. — The threat of a looming state government shut down in Virginia could further complicate a budget shortfall faced by the Tazewell County School Board.

“If the General Assembly doesn’t pass a budget there will be no money coming from the state to Tazewell County,” Tazewell County Board of Supervisors Chairman Charles Stacy said.

The school system currently working to address a $1.7 million dollar shortfall.

Stacy said the school system has allocated enough funding to cover teacher salaries for the summer.

“The school expenses are not as high as say the sheriff’s office or social services,” Stacy said. “If a budget is not passed we could weather the storm locally for 30 to 60 days but after that funds would be not be available.”

In additional to the school system other local segments of county government would be impacted by state government shut down.

“We are urging people to contact state and local lawmakers, it is critical that a budget is passed,” Stacy said.

A disagreement over whether to accept federal dollars to expand federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act has divided the Republican-controlled House and Democratic - controlled Senate in Richmond. Senate Democrats support accepting the federal dollars and House Republicans oppose it.

Stacy said a state government shut down would be an unprecedented situation.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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