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Union Co. budget mediation meeting delayed

With an Aug. 1 deadline looming, a mediation session over a funding dispute between Union County government and the school district that was set for Wednesday was pushed back a week, county officials said Tuesday.

That meeting was rescheduled for July 31 at the county’s request to give it more time to go over voluminous financial records the school district turned over late last week, officials said.

If there is no settlement by Aug. 1, or if it does not appear one is close, the mediator would declare an impasse and the school district could sue the county over its funding allocation.

The school board sought mediation in mid-June after county commissioners approved their $298 million 2013-14 budget.

The district was allocated $82.3 million in general operating funds, about $2.7 million less than it wanted. And instead of getting another $8.4 million in capital funds, the county approved a plan for $9 million spread over three years.

The county has said it would need to cut services or raise taxes to provide more money to the district.

School board officials made a settlement offer this month, although neither side has indicated whether they thought it would be accepted.

Bell: 704-358-5696; on Twitter: @abell
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