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Board OK’s budget, hires Aitken

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the city’s $71.2-million budget on final reading and approved a consultant services contract with former Shelby County Schools Superintendent John Aitken Monday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.
Along with the budget, board members unanimously approved a 44.5-cent tax increase, 9.5 cents of which will compensate for the decrease in local property values after reassessment.
During a June 10 reading of the budget, several distressed residents addressed a desire to have funding restored to GHS-TV, which was to get $50,000 up front and another $50,000 if supporters raised the same amount by year’s end.
On Monday, the board made an amendment to donate a flat $125,000 to the nationally decorated organization.
Aitken, who was also hired by Collierville, will provide consulting services as the city moves forward with the creation of its own school district.
“He will be advancing a lot of the activities and programs that can take place legally during this period of time prior to the selection of our school board and our superintendent,” said Patrick Lawton, city administrator.
Aitken’s contract will not exceed $35,000, Lawton said. aitken