PoliticsPA Written by Jason Addy, Contributing Writer June 28, 2016
The PA State Senate will begin considering a $31.55 billion budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year after the House of Representatives voted Tuesday evening to pass a 4.8% spending increase. The budget vehicle legislation, Senate Bill 1073, passed by a132-68 vote just 20 hours after an omnibus amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee. A motion was approved to bypass the rule requiring 24 hours for consideration. The budget plan increases total spending for pre-K to 12th grade education by $250 million, and the state will meet its burgeoning pension obligations without raising income or sales taxes. The deal still relies on an increased tax on tobacco products and new revenue from liquor privatization and expanded gaming in PA.
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The 2016-17 Bradford Area School District general fund balance of $38.6 million, which includes no tax increase, was approved at Monday’s board meeting by a 6 to 1 measure. Judy Bodamer, director of finance, said the final budget was lower than the originally preliminary $39.4 million budget thanks in part to an increase in revenue. “We were able to increase the revenues $269,098 and reduce expenditures by $95,446,” Bodamer explained. “(Increases in) revenues were largely due to grant changes.” She said the final budget also represents a deficit of $822,099, down from $ 1.2 million. In addition, teachers’ salaries, due to changes in personnel that stem from retirements, will decrease by $28,029. In addition, grant funds were used to purchase text books. The millage rate will remain at 22.12 mills, therefore the average taxpayer with a home valued at $46,000 can expect to pay approximately $1,013 in school taxes next year. A taxpayer with a house valued at $100,000 can expect to pay approximately $2,212 in school taxes.
Post Gazette By Deana Carpenter June 28, 2016 11:35 PM