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Monroe: Plans call for building new scenic trail

Monroe: Plans call for building new scenic trail

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15¢ hike needed to fund school budget

Westmoreland school division’s budget request goes to BoS

The Westmoreland School Board conducted its public hearing this Monday on the next year’s budget. When no one objected to the proposal that would result in a 35 percent increase in taxes, the budget was adopted.

The approved 2011-2012 budget’s $19,006,494 is down by $827,784 when compared to the budget that governs the division’s 2010-2011 operations and accounts for employee step increases and 11 additional instructional and administrative employment

positions. The adopted budget includes $11,797,347 allocated for instruction.

The local contribution is $2,621,166 greater than the current level of support, offsetting reduced state and federal contributions.
Despite minor numbers adjustments, bottom line values had not changed since the March 7 joint meeting of the Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors. During that session the members of the county government made it clear that a tax hike is not an option.

The real estate tax rate in Westmoreland is currently 46 cents per $100 value. Funding the School Board’s adopted budget would necessitate increasing that rate as much as 15 cents.

County Administrator Norm Risavi is currently at work on a new county budget. The supervisors have directed the administrator to develop a proposal with no change to the county’s current tax rates. State law does not require the local government to fund the School Board’s full request.
 

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