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Two Districts Dismissed from Branson District Suit

By: Harold Smith
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Two school districts have been dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit filed by the Branson School District in connection with the ten year mistake made in the distribution of tax money to Taney County schools.

From 2001 to 2011, an accounting error in the county collecting system resulted in an incorrect amount of tax money to be distributed to Forsyth, Branson, Kirbyville and Hollister schools.

Over the ten year period, Branson and Forsyth were shorted, while Hollister and Kirbyville got more than they should have.

Branson filed suit in December against the other districts. Last week, it was announced that Kirbyville and Forsyth had been dismissed as defendants in the case.

The Branson district’s legal counsel noted that neither Forsyth nor Kirbyville was holding any money that belonged to Branson.

The districts attempted to mediate an out-of-court settlement earlier this year, but without success.

touchdown - 09/03/2013 6:05:10 AM
Branson is looking out for Branson - all of the districts need to be included in the lawsuit to make sure there is a fair and equitable decision. This will just make the remaining defendants join the other districts back in the lawsuit. This comes as Branson Schools are in the news for have millions in surplus and are considering installing turf on the Jr. High field.
Disgusting - 09/03/2013 10:09:19 AM
Could someone give us a total of the amounts overpaid or shorted ? I find this whole deal disgusting, how could the tax collector and the four school boards miss this kind of financial mistakes for TEN YEARS ? plus each school has a high paid administrator that should be tracking each schools financials. All parties evolved should been removed of their positions. Another fine example of people not watching the money because its not theirs !!!!!!!