ROANOKE CO., Va. -

Many groups that rely on state funds for the bulk of budgets are still figuring out what their state funding will look like.

Among them: school districts, most of which have passed budgets, but are still in limbo because one hasn't been passed in the General Assembly.

So how are school leaders coping with this uncertainty?

State law requires school districts to finalize their budgets by April 1.

At this point, the problem is that those budgets will all likely change if and when the General Assembly does pass a budget.

Down to the penny, school leaders had calculated what they'd be receiving assuming one of the various budget proposals floating around would pass.

Many of them settled on something they deemed safe, or in the middle.

Several school districts are calling the budgets they did pass tentative budgets.

One school official I talked to said this isn't the first time the General Assembly didn't pass a budget in its regular session.

The new budget takes effect on July 1 and school years start just six to eight weeks later, so many school officials are hoping the budget impasse ends sooner than later.

This funding is obviously important, but why more this year?

Regardless of the budget that's passed, many of the districts in the WDBJ7 viewing area are set to receive less money for the fourth or fifth straight year.

So this really isn't a question of how much more money they'll be working with, but how much less.