SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

The Sullivan County School board has passed a balanced budget for next year without having to raise taxes.
The more than 82-million dollar spending plan was approved last night by unanimous vote.
They were able to cover the budget gap using several tactics; pulling $1.8-million from savings, changing health plans to save $340-thousand, and sacrificing 18 vacant positions.
Jubal Yennie, Director of Schools, told us, "Last year we had to make a lot of program changes that really hurt some of our programs. We didn't have to cut too deeply into programs this year, mostly it was just good fiscal management."
The board also voted to add one job, a nutrition manager.
Now the plan goes to the county commission for approval.