School district budgets are like a moving target with shrinking revenues, unpredictable enrollment and an attitude from taxpayers that is largely non-supportive.
It's a different story in Green, where the treasurer predicts a surplus and the superintendent says there's no need to tap voters for more cash. Superintendent Mike Nutter says the lack of red ink makes his district unique, compared to those of his counterparts across Summit County and beyond.
"We've been able to control our costs and cut spending and with some of the changes we've made in health care, we're one of the few that are actually showing no deficit in our five-year forecast from what I can tell," said Nutter.
It is, however, just a prediction and one that's difficult to make when five years worth of "unknowns" are bound to surface. Nutter says the first thing that comes to mind is state funding, but he's not really even worried about that.
"I just can't see it getting much worse and we've accounted for all that," said Nutter.
The five-year outlook is required by state law. Green's shows a $2.8 million surplus at the end of the blueprint.