Mayor Bob Rial and county commissioners expressed concerns over the Dickson County school system’s plan to once again dip into its reserves to balance the 2013-14 budget proposal, especially when that money is being used for recurring expenses that will have to continue to be funded. During the county Budget Committee discussion on the school system budget Monday night, Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks repeated that the proposal to use $3.2 million from reserves “makes me very uncomfortable” because it leaves the system with a projected fund balance of $2.1 million by next June. “It would have been my preference to come asking for additional revenue,” Weeks said, saying a small increase over the next couple of years would be “more palatable” than a large increase that is likely to be needed soon. Rial said it “makes me nervous” that the reserve funds are being used for ongoing operational expenses that will have to funded again next year when the projected fund balance will be so low. Commissioner Robert Wetterau called it “irresponsible” for the school system to continue to “dig that deep” into its reserves. But Commissioner Randy Simpkins said the county is facing a “dilemma this year” if it looks at raises taxes when a countywide reappraisal program is likely to increase the tax rate just to maintain current revenue levels. Rial said the county has worked hard to dig itself out of a budget hole without raising taxes. “We’ve done a lot of what we’ve done by doing what we do for less,” Rial said. “There will probably come a day when we will need a property tax increase and I will be the one to stand up here and say we need it.” Weeks told the committee he would present some budget revisions to the school board next week.