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Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

Elizabeth Forward school board has adopted a $38,836,748 budget for 2013-14.

The new spending plan is funded through a tax rate of 20.6052 mills.

That's 4.4 mills lower than the current year's rate, but school officials said the move will be revenue neutral because of the 2013 Allegheny County assessment.

The school board approved the budget in a 5-4 vote, with board members Charles Bakewell, Phil Martell, Dorothy Wycoff, Scott McVicker and Rob Rhoderick supporting it.

Board members Margaret Morgan, Megan Ferraro, Michael O'Rourke and Mary Scarry voted against it.

Morgan said she is against the budget because it increases spending by about $3 million at the expense of the fund balance.

“There's no money for budgetary reserve,” said Morgan, adding the administration should have been, but wasn't, asked to make program cuts.

The district did reduce spending by about $438,000 since a preliminary version of the budget was adopted in March.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966.

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