The Dickson County School Board is scheduled to continue discussion on its 2013-14 budget proposal tonight, but is still waiting to hear from the Tennessee Department of Education on its evaluation of the county’s plan to divert $800,000 for debt payment. In an email Tuesday, Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said he had not yet heard the result of the state’s review to determine if the county’s proposed budget meets the Maintenance of Effort requirements. Weeks said state financial officials were waiting on county and school system budget data from 1988-99 when an agreement to make an annual $1 million payment toward debt was created. A state Department of Education financial consultant told the board that determining whether the county’s plan meets MOE could hinge on what funds were used to begin making the payment under the 1999 agreement. That agreement was rescinded by the school board earlier this month. At an informal breakfast at Dale’s Steakhouse Tuesday morning, county Mayor Bob Rial said he also had not heard from state officials but he had been told a decision would be made by the end of this week. “We’ll pass a budget one way or another Monday night,” Rial said. The school board meets tonight and more budget discussion is on the agenda. The county commission meets in an adjourned session Monday for the purpose of approving a 2013-14 budget and setting the county’s property tax rate. At issue is whose budget will come up $800,000 short. If the state determines diverting the money to debt service does pass the MOE test, the school board will be faced with finding $800,000 in cuts and/or using more of its reserve. If the diversion does not meet MOE, the county will be faced with replacing $800,000 in anticipated revenue either through cuts in other areas, as much as a 9-10-cent property tax increase, using some of its reserve or a combination of efforts. With the county getting to keep the $800,000, Rial has said he plans to propose a property tax rate of $2.90, which is less than the state-certified rate of $2.93 to generate the same amount of revenue as the current $2.85 rate. The school board meets at 7:00 tonight and the county commission at 7 pm Monday.