WCCS BUDGET: Figures up, but caution urged

COLUMBIA CITY — Colors can convey the story.Whitley County Consolidated Schools Business Manager Tony Zickgraf updated the board of trustees on what the budget numbers would like for the 2013-14 school year. His handout was on yellow paper, and he said it reflected the mood of the money.“We are in a very cautionary mode,” he said. “If we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.”Estimated numbers for 2013-14 show a total budget of $22,405,349; up from $21,935,019 for this year. Budgets are approved by the state, but Zickgraf said the district is not spending all they have been given for next year.“We have been approved for $23,533,369,” Zickgraf said. With unpredictability on the horizon, particularly fears of rising healthcare costs, Zickgraf said the district in this cautionary mode. The district is not spending its entire allocation because it is waiting to see how healthcare changes on the federal level will trickle down to WCCS.To read the rest of this story, see the March 7 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.