2010-03-18 / Front Page

District files first negative budget in its history

By Jill Ballinger, Gazette Editor

 The Mariposa County Unified School District is facing its most difficult financial times in history. At the beginning of Thursday night’s meeting, Superintendent Aaron Rosander said the district will for the first time ever file a negative second interim budget report.

The grim financial picture became more clear as the night went on, with things getting worse in each of the next three years.

“There’s nobody coming  to  save us,” Rosander said. “We will save ourselves. As we go down the road, our district will never look the same.”

The complete story about the meeting will appear in next week’s Mariposa Gazette. 

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Tale of Two Cities: the

Tale of Two Cities: the county with an almost infinite stream of revenue from a very high motel/hotel tax; the school district with an ever shrinking enrollment, declining tax base, and reduced state support.

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