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Yakima County School Board Looking at $193 Million Budget

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The Yakima County school board just recently approved their budget for the 2015 school year and it is looking to total around $193 million.

 This is an overall 16 percent increase since last year and it includes a funding deficit of over 10 million dollars. The district will cover the shortfall with money from the district's savings fund.

 The budget decision left some people on the board fearful, but others argued that the city's high schools needed serious renovations, including major improvements to the school's athletic facilities.

"It's like a homeowner or family you have a savings account and because you're spending more than you are bringing home you dip into your savings account," said Deputy Superintendent Jack Irion.

Deputy Superintendent Irion says the school board began saving years ago and preparing for tough economic times if they came.

 The budget also includes money for projects at the Eisenhower campus, like renovating a new gym, and allowing for more student space. 

School board officials remain positive, they told us at KNDO a lot of their estimated expenses came in lower than budgeted, which could help them cut the deficit in half.