Q&A: School budget publication


From The Rochester Sentinel:

Q: Our area schools are starting to publish their budgets and have requested one run date. I pulled one from last year, and it was published twice. Are we publishing only one run date this year?

A: The single publi­cation would be correct.

Under current law, notices of hearing for the Capitol Projects Levy and the School Bus Replacement Levy should be published once at least 10 days prior to the hearing or meeting.

Since you’re saying this is a change from past practice, I believe the schools were previously going by language at IC 5-3-1-2(j) that said some events required two publications a week apart, with the latest at least three days prior to the event.

This was the language that was removed as duplicative at the suggestion of Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, compared to IC 5-3-1-2(b) – concerning any matter not specifically mentioned in subsections (c) through (i), then publication once at least 10 days prior to the hearing is required.

Steele picked to eliminate the catch-all language requiring two publications instead of the catch-all that requires one publication.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.