Parents aren't the only ones balancing the checkbooks before the first day of school. Leon County is balancing its budget too. School officials say the budget is better then expected and no cuts were made.
As a mother of four, Sue Kay is no stranger to back to school shopping. Each year she loads up the kids and digs up the discounts. While parents pinch their penny's hoping to save a little money getting their students suited for school, Leon County is doing a balancing act as well, budgeting for thousands of students, including $5.6 million to comply with amendment nine that calls for a reduction of class sizes.
Overall, school officials say the budget came out better than expected, and thanks to last years cost saving measures, school leaders can focus on the year ahead.
Besides approving a $411 million budget, the school board also approved a 9.2 mileage rate, which is the lowest it has been in 10 years.
The school board approved the budget during their last meeting, a public hearing to adopt the budget and mileage rate is set for September 9 at City Hall starting at 6 p.m.