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Otter: 2011 budget will be less than current year

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BOISE, Idaho. - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will propose cutting the fiscal year 2011 budget starting next July by more than 4 percent from the original spending plan for the current year of about $2.5 billion.
     
Speaking at a legislative preview Thursday sponsored by The Associated Press, Otter said he's factoring in an additional cut for the year that ends next June 30, to accompany the 4 percent holdback he ordered in September.
     
He didn't announce that figure, saying he'll provide more details Monday and that he'll work with legislative leaders during the upcoming session on how to make the additional cut for 2010.
     
Otter says he agrees with legislative leaders on a plan to allow Idaho school districts hit by planned additional budget cuts to borrow against state reserve accounts for the current year, but said districts that do so will likely have to repay the money, possibly from their 2011 funding or by asking voters to pass supplemental levies.

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