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Jeannette School Board to meet to discuss 2013-14 budget

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 2:27 p.m.

The Jeannette School Board will meet today at 5 p.m. in the administration building to discuss the 2013-14 budget.

Last month, the board approved a preliminary budget that no increase in taxes. In order to achieve that, Superintendent Matthew Hutcheson said the board would need to trim about $47,500 more from the budget, which initially called for a 1-mill tax hike.

The board voted against the idea of a tax increase at the May meeting and even those who voted in favor of it's passage — Moe Lewis and Dr. David Valerio — said they were only voting for the increase as a temporary measure and had the intention of eliminating that increase before the budget's final adoption later this month.

Tonight's meeting will cover the cuts that have been made to refine the spending plan. If the board approves the budget with no tax increase at it's meeting at 8 p.m. on June 24, the millage will remain at 82.72 mills.

The biggest concern for the board this year, and most years, is that the state budget won't lower the amount of funding it plans to send to Jeannette. Each year the board must build its budget based on preliminary estimates the state offers before the final state budget is passed.

This year, the board was told to expect nearly $90,000 more in state funding than it received last year. If that figure decreases, funding the budget without use of a tax increase or spending reserve funds will be difficult.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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