Kiski lowers tax increase for most communities
Kiski Area School District officials have lowered the property-tax increase that most communities will realize in the 2012-13 school year budget.
Because Kiski Area crosses county lines, the change means a lower tax increase than expected in Westmoreland County and a larger tax cut in Armstrong County.
For the district's Westmoreland County communities, the tax increase has been lowered from 2.3 percent discussed earlier to about 1 percent.
In Parks Township, the district's only Armstrong County community, property owners would see a 3 percent reduction. That's up from an earlier projection of a 1.7 percent reduction.
The rates will become solid when the board votes on the tax rates and the district's $50.7 million spending plan on Wednesday.
Business Manager Peggy Gillespie said that after a number of adjustments, expected spending next school year has been lowered by about $220,000.
Still, spending for 2012-13 remains $400,0000 more than the $50.3 million budget passed last June for the 2011-12 school year that's just ending.
The district's revenue for 2012-13 is estimated to be about $47.7 million. The $3 million deficit would be covered from district reserves.
The district would have about $3.9 million in its reserves for the start of the 2013-14 school year, Gillespie said.
Smaller pay hikes coming
Agreements with technology services staff and confidential secretaries will provide pay increases lower than they have received in the past.
If approved next week, the three technology services staff members each would get annual pay increases of $1,500 for the next two years. Those increases have ranged between $2,100 and $2,300, Gillespie said.
Three confidential secretaries also would get $1,500 annual pay increases each for the next four years, down from $1,850, Gillespie said.
The employees also would have higher health care contributions. Details were not immediately available.
An amendment to an agreement covering administrators would set starting salaries for new hires based on experience and spell out how long it would take to reach the top of the salary scale.
Starting salaries now vary from candidate to candidate, based on negotiations, Superintendent John Meighan said.
If approved, the amendment would result in salary adjustments for some recently hired employees, Meighan said.
The effect would be to increase their pay for next school year, he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers’ Harrison eyes stretch run
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
- Emotional send-off awaits Pitt seniors
- Warrants issued for women accused of prostitution in New Stanton sting
- Penguins co-owner Lemieux snuffs rumored rift with Crosby
- Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert, RHP Webster
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
- Starkey: Artie Rowell’s incredible odyssey
- Pizza delivery woman robbed in Greensburg
- NFL notebook: Gifford had CTE, family says
- Attorney wants evidence from South Allegheny teacher’s cellphone thrown out