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No tax hike for Allegheny Valley schools

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Allegheny Valley School District has passed a budget for next school year that doesn't increase taxes.

Officials said it's the fourth straight year that the district has not raised taxes.

The district's $19.6 million spending plan is about a 1.6 percent, or $317,000, increase over the current budget.

The district set the 2013-14 property tax rate so that overall collections would remain the same as this school year even though property values throughout the district increased under Allegheny County's reassessment.

To achieve that, the district adjusted the millage rate down from 23.26 mills to about 19.94 mills.

Some property owners will pay higher property taxes due to a higher assessed home value, but the district will not collect more revenue, said Business Manager Brad Rau.

A home valued at $137,182 — the district average — would pay about $31 less in 2013-14 than the current school year, according to district calculations.

Board president Larry Pollick noted that the district did not cut educational programs to achieve savings.

“Our administration has been working on this budget since the beginning of the school year,” Pollick said. “They met monthly to discuss how to use our resources most effectively.”

The district realigned some student programs, did not fill some vacant staff positions, eliminated some contracted services and implemented cost-containment strategies such as energy conservation.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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