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      Columbia Public Schools approve new budget for 2013-2014

      Columbia Public Schools has approved a $266 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The budget projects a three percent increase in local assessed valuation.

      The $266 million budget also includes a planned excess in spending over revenues by nearly $3 million.

      The district will operate the salary schedule for employees on a salary schedule. Employees who are not on a salary schedule will receive an increase similar to the schedule increase of about 1.77 percent.