Saturday, January 14, 2012

PA School District Budgets Update January 14, 2011

Updated January 16, 2011

Pequea Valley SD preliminary budget eyes 3% tax hike
Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era
Updated Jan 14, 2012 19:55
By CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent
The Pequea Valley School Board voted 7 to 2 on Thursday to approve a 2012-13 preliminary budget that could raise taxes near 3 percent.  If the preliminary budget of $30,689,347 passes as is, the millage rate would increase by 2.93 percent to 17.3332 mills.
The proposed increase is higher than the 1.7 percent Act 1 index allowed by the state. The board voted to apply for Act 1 exceptions for special education and retirement costs, although several members said they hoped the exceptions would not have to be used.

Haverford school budget features tax hike

HAVERFORD — School directors are poised to adopt a 2012-13 preliminary budget on Thursday requiring a 2.49 percent property tax rate increase, from 26.0209 to 26.6689 mills.
In discussions last week, officials noted it’s the smallest increase in memory but the largest currently permitted under Act 1 without going to referendum. While this year’s index is 1.7 percent, the increase includes a $615,000 exception for Public School Employees’ Retirement System costs, which will jump from 8.65 percent to 12.36 percent, Business Manager Rick Henderson said in his review.

West Shore SD nixes merging sports teams, opts to cut teachers
ANDREW SHAW The York Dispatch , Updated: 01/13/2012 07:31:10 AM EST
The West Shore School Board, facing a $3.7 million deficit next year, left Thursday's marathon board meeting without cutting JROTC or merging the marching band or sports of its two high schools.  Instead, the gauntlet fell on the library staff - the board is considering cutting six of 12 librarians, although that's a decrease from the initially proposed 10.
And it fell on the foreign language staff. An estimated eight teachers will lose their jobs if the budget remains as is, with the high school Latin program, which has had lagging enrollment recently, and the middle school world languages program, eliminated.
And it fell on students who participate in extracurriculars.

Bethlehem could raise school taxes $134 a year

Author: Stephen Althouse, Reporter
Published On: Jan 11 2012 11:30:55 PM EST  Updated On: Jan 12 2012 06:14:39 AM EST
The Bethlehem Area School District’s 2012-2013 preliminary budget would bring a 4 percent property tax mileage increase to property owners this year, according to Superintendent Joseph Roy.

Council Rock SD taxpayers could face 3 percent tax increase
Bucks County Courier Times Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 am
By Chris English Staff Writer
But one district official said the increase eventually passed probably will not be that high.
Council Rock School District taxpayers escaped this school year with no property tax increase, but such an escape might not be possible for 2012-13.
A very rudimentary preliminary budget for the next school year to be presented at the Jan. 19 school board meeting includes a property tax increase of 3.33 mills, or $127 for a resident with property assessed at the school district average of $38,000. That’s a 3 percent property tax increase.

Upper Dublin School Board approves preliminary budget with 4.5 percent tax hike
Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Montgomery News By Thomas Celona,
Budgeting was the main topic of discussion at the Jan. 9 Upper Dublin School Board meeting, as the board approved its preliminary budget.
The board voted to approve its 2012-13 preliminary budget, which calls for a potential maximum tax increase of 4.47 percent, and to request two Act 1 exemptions

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