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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.
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.
Delco Times By LOIS PUGLIONESI, Times
— 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
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
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.
taxpayers could face 3 percent tax increase
Courier Times Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012
By Chris English Staff Writer
But one district official said
the increase eventually passed probably will not be that high.
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.