October 25, 2007
Crowe Announces State Appropriations
Carter County to receive an estimated $94.8 million
Nashville, Tenn. – Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-JohnsonCity) is proud to announce that during the fiscal year 2007-08 Carter County will benefit from approximately $94.8 million in state appropriations, in addition to a portion of the $9.5 billion from federal funds included in Tennessee’s $27.8 billion budget.
“I think Carter County did very well in this budget considering the available resources. The figures represent the best estimates at this time and will materialize if state revenues are collected as estimated,” said Crowe.
Specific Carter County appropriations include $28.6 million for the local county school system, $9 million for the Elizabethton City School System, $12.6 million in state shared tax collections, $30.6 million for health and social services, $3.2 million for justice and public safety, $3.1 million for recreation and resource development and $1.4 million for state highway projects.
“An important issue for the legislature this past year was the overhaul of the state’s K-12 education funding formula known as the Basic Education Program (BEP),” commented Crowe. “The BEP was redesigned to better address funding for at-risk students, enrollment growth, teacher salaries and state contribution levels.”
“The plan will also revamp the way Tennessee allocates money to local school systems by replacing the current formula with a new calculation that is simple, fair and transparent,” continued Crowe. “This year Carter County schools will receive an estimated $27.2 million and Elizabethton city schools an estimated $8.4 million from the BEP.”