Pickerington Local School District Treasurer Dan Griscom last week refuted statements school board member Jim Brink made regarding his budget forecasts.

Pickerington Local School District Treasurer Dan Griscom last week refuted statements school board member Jim Brink made regarding his budget forecasts.

For nearly two months, Brink has challenged various aspects of budget forecasts made by Griscom.

That included a July 9 school board meeting, when Brink said the treasurer's office underestimated revenues by approximately $2.9 million.

"There's $2.9 million that we basically didn't know we had that can affect programs," Brink said.

"That is just too far off, in my view," he said.

Since then, Griscom, who has served as PLSD treasurer since May 2008 and has received awards from the Ohio Auditor's Office for financial accounting -- a recognition given to less than 5 percent of all Ohio government agencies every year -- has refuted that specific statement by Brink.

Griscom recently pointed out his forecasts are conservative in nature to ensure the district has enough money to fund operations and programs, as opposed to not being able to cover expenses.

"Actually, my variance in revenues was $1.2 million -- to the good -- and my variance in expenditures and encumbrances was $1.7 million to the good," Griscom said in an email to ThisWeek.

"So, the net variance in total cash position was $2.9 million when you add those together -- revenues and expenses," Griscom wrote.

"But my variance in revenues was $1.2 million, not $2.9 million. A $1.2-million variance in revenues is 1.37 percent, which, in my opinion, is pretty close to the mark," he said.

"Also, as I said, it's a positive variance, not a negative variance," Griscom said, "so that means more of a surplus and longer before we would have to return to the voters.

"My assumptions used in my forecast are an 'open book' and I have been absolutely clear with the (board of education) and the public on the conservative nature of my assumptions," Griscom said.

"So, all that can be taken into account when the (board of education) and public discuss the programs offered and the feasibility of them. Nothing is hidden."