While questions over this year’s school system budget remain heading into a scheduled vote next week, school board members say the “day of reckoning” for increasing education funding is likely coming next year. The Dickson County Commission is scheduled to vote on all of the county’s 2013-14 budgets Monday night, with the remaining sticking point being the $800,000 debt payment from the school system. Mayor Bob Rial has presented a budget that counts on the payment and the Budget Committee voted to withhold the money from the school system’s allocation. The school board says it doesn’t have the money to make the payment and for the second time has stood its ground on a budget without the payment. But at Tuesday night’s special session of the school board, Chairman Tim Potter said the school system is “running out of train track” for what former Director of Schools Johnny Chandler described as a “train wreck” coming soon. With a fund balance already projected to fall to $2.2 million, losing the additional $800,000 would push the reserve to less than $1.5 million. Potter said if the cost of operating schools continues to rise, as shown by more than $3 million in increased expenses this year, the school system will “be in the red.” The school system proposes to use $3.2 million from its reserve this year to balance the budget and board members say that money will not be there next year. Vice Chairman Kirk Vandivort said the school board is being asked to give the county money “when we probably should be asking for a tax increase.” In presenting the schools budget to the county, Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said he would have preferred to be asking for a small revenue increase this year, but in light of the continuing economic recovery and being mindful of the county’s efforts to strengthen its budget, the school system decided to once again dip heavily into its reserves to get by for one more year. If the commission votes Monday to hold on to the $800,000 debt payment, the school board will wait to see if the Tennessee Department of Education determines the budget meets the Maintenance of Effort requirements before deciding how to deal with the additional loss.