Updated: Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013, 2:29 PM MST
Published : Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013, 2:29 PM MST
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Gallup McKinley County Schools' director of transportation says it was poor budgeting that resulted in $2.6 million in transportation funds being returned to the state during the past four years.
Jeff Bond says the now-hurting department is facing an uphill battle in seeking an increase in transportation funds.
Half of the total amount of money remaining in the transportation budget at the end of the fiscal year is automatically reverted back to New Mexico and added to an emergency transportation fund.
The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/14tg0Ka) reports the amount GMCS returned steadily decreased since fiscal year 2009 when it was nearly $1.7 million.
In 2012, the district returned just more than $30,000.
Gallup-area legislators have been fighting this session for better transportation funding for the state's largest school district.
Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com