While county Mayor Bob Rial has said the county commission will approve a budget and set the property tax rate at Monday night’s adjourned session, Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said there is still no information from the Tennessee Department of Education about whether the proposed budget will meet Maintenance of Effort requirements. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Weeks said state education financial officials have requested more information on the county’s 1998-99 budget, the year prior to the implementation of an agreement over debt payments. “I don’t anticipate hearing anything tomorrow,” Weeks said Thursday night. Rial said earlier this week that state officials would render an opinion by the end of the week on the county’s plan to divert $800,000 in school revenue. With the start of the new school year scheduled for Thursday, Weeks said the system is ready to begin the new year but what he really hopes to avoid is a budget situation that would close schools. If Dickson County does not have a budget that meets MOE approval by Oct. 1, the state will begin to withhold education funds, which Weeks has said would force schools to close. Board Chairman Tim Potter said he hopes the commission will pass the school system’s budget as presented by the board and made a last-minute plea to “respectfully ask that they do so.” Board member Phil Buckner said there are a lot of “ifs” to be addressed should the school system lose $800,000 in revenue. “I’m not a happy camper about it,” Buckner said. The commission’s adjourned session to vote on the county budget and a tax rate is 7 pm Monday in Charlotte.