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State budget includes a little extra for Franklin Regional

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The finalized state budget sent a little more money Franklin Regional's way late last month.

The district received $18,000 more than officials expected in state subsidies, director of finance Jon Perry said.

The district will receive $6.66 million in basic education funding, according to figures released by the state. That's about $10,000 more than earlier budget drafts had indicated, Perry said.

According to state figures, Franklin Regional received about 2.54 percent more in basic education funding than last school year, the highest increase in the county. Westmoreland County districts received 1.81 percent more in funding than last year.

Also, the district will receive $8,000 more in special education funding than the $1.72 million anticipated.

Franklin Regional did not raise the tax rate from 87.68 mills for the 2013-14 school year. Instead, officials opted to eliminate a $420,000 shortfall by using the district's uncommitted fund balance. The owner of the average home in the district, assessed at $35,000, will continue to pay about $3,070 in taxes.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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