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TUSD exec to present annual budget

Tucson Unified School District's chief financial officer will present the district's budget to the public in four sessions beginning Wednesday.

Yousef Awwad will discuss formula-based funding and how local and state taxes will factor into the budgets of the district's 95 schools on Wednesday and Feb. 20, 21 and 27. The presentations will take place at Catalina, Saguaro, Pueblo and Rincon high schools, said TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene in a press release.

Formula-based funding is used to help calculate how much money is spent on each student in the district; it includes state aid from general funds and local tax levies.

TUSD's funds are divided into several categories, including maintenance, student transportation, use of facilities and utilities, office administration, and supplies, Rene said.

The projected budgets for the 2013 fiscal year include $241 million in maintenance and operation fees, $7 million in unrestricted capital for land, buildings and vehicles. There is $5 million in soft capital for technology, textbooks, library and student resources, and transportation, Rene said.

“We want our community to understand how we get funded and the limitations we have on using these funds by either state or federal government," Awwad said in the press release.

The public will have a chance to ask questions following the presentations.

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Tucson Unified School District will present its annual budget.

  • Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m.: Catalina Magnet High School Auditorium, 3654 E. Pima St.
  • Feb. 20, 6:30-8 p.m.: Sahuaro High School Auditorium, 545 N. Camino Seco
  • Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.: Pueblo Magnet High School Cafeteria, 3500 S. 12th Ave.
  • Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m.: Rincon/University High School Auditorium, 421 N. Arcadia Blvd.

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