Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Officials are expected to vote on a finalized budget June 25.
In a 7-1 vote, Seneca Valley School District officials on Monday approved a proposed $97.2 million budget that closes a $4.8 million dollar shortfall for the 2012-13 school year—and includes a 4.4 mill increase in real estate taxes. School board member Jim Nickel was the lone dissenting vote. Board president Robert Hill was absent from the meeting. While he said he supported the district expenditures, Nickel argued in favor of raising property taxes by 3.9 mills, which is .5 mills less than 4.4 mills approved by the board. Each mill of tax yields about $500,000, meaning .5 mills would generate about $250,000. Nickel suggested reducing the contingency fund, which is money reserved for emergency repairs or other unexpected expenses, to …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The district is facing a $4.8 million budget deficit for next year.
In an effort to bridge the $4.8 million budget shortfall the district is facing for the 2012-13 school year, Seneca Valley school board members on Monday unanimously—albeit reluctantly—approved cutting teaching positions in art education, mathematics, English and more. “This stinks that we have to vote on these resolutions,” said school board member Eric DiTullio, who also called on the public to reach out to legislators in an effort to help local districts find better ways at the state level to fight increasing school costs. “I don’t like seeing this and I want to see it fixed, but it needs to come from Harrisburg,” he said. Altogether, 14 positions will be affected. Of those, 11 are teaching positions. They include three retiring …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
What does your state legislator think of Gov. Tom Corbett's 2012-13 budget proposal? Find out here.
Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday unveiled a budget for 2012-13 that immediately drew applause or gnashing of teeth depending on which side of the aisle legislators reside. The $27.14 billion budget proposal kept spending in line with last year’s budget, which slashed about a billion dollars from public education and welfare programs. Public universities such as The University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, however, face even larger reductions in funding from the state this year. The budget does not include tax or fee increases but does not address transportation issues that include crumbling infrastructure and mass transit funding problems. Corbett, a Republican who was elected in 2010, is unlikely to have much trouble pushing the budget through…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Plus, Seneca Valley reacts to the governor's plan for state education funding.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
State Rep Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, is calling the 2012-13 state budget that Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled today about “$1 billion short in overdue welfare spending cuts.” “The governor needs to exchange his butter knife for a meat cleaver and cut even more wasteful and excessive welfare spending,” Metcalfe said in a statement regarding the budget. The $27.14 billion budget, which features .1 percent less spending than this year, holds the line on overall state spending and taxes but cuts funding for social services and state-connected universities. State funding for community colleges and publics schools will remain at about the same levels as this year. The Patriot–News, however, reports state-related universities such as Penn State, …