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South Allegheny budget approved with no tax hike

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Friday, June 20, 2014, 2:51 a.m.

South Allegheny school board unanimously approved a 2014-15 budget that holds the line on property taxes at 17.24 mills.

The balanced $22,786,244 spending plan was approved during Wednesday's board meeting.

“The school board worked carefully and diligently with the superintendent and fiscal coordinator to adopt this budget with no tax increase,” board treasurer Dino DiFelice said.

Superintendent Wayne Gdovic said the district did its best and administrators are hopeful that the state budget will include funding initiatives proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Gdovic said the district has done well with a limited budget in recent years. Last month, when the board approved a preliminary budget, he explained that approximately 66 percent of South Allegheny's budget is covered by the Department of Education.

“Once again, we are proud that South Allegheny was able to pass a budget with no tax increase and no curtailment of any course offerings or staff reductions,” Gdovic said on Wednesday. “In fact, from 2007 to 2014, South Allegheny has had the lowest tax increase in Allegheny County.”

In other business, the board approved a bid for air conditioning in common areas of the middle/high school with McKamish for $1,438,500.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or

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