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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
 

A lot likely will change before Brentwood Borough School Board members vote in June on final approval of the district's 2013-14 budget, leaders said Monday.

And those adjustments — particularly in state funding contributions and health care costs — likely will cause alterations to be made to the $20,805,278 proposed preliminary spending plan for next school year, which board members approved in an unanimous vote on Monday night.

“This is not necessarily the budget that will be approved in June,” board Vice President David Schaap said.

With uncertainty surrounding many numbers in the 2013-14 budget, board members have said they want to have the utmost options available to them when it comes time for passage of next school year's budget.

Therefore, they have agreed to apply for referendum exceptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to raise taxes above a state issued index for the district of 2.4 percent. Board members also approved this Monday.

Brentwood will seek referendum exceptions for special education costs and Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System contributions, said business manager Jennifer Pesanka.

As part of this process, a preliminary budget must be approved by the board by the end of February.

To balance Brentwood's 2013-14 budget would require a nearly 2-mill tax increase — taking the district rate from 28.27 to 30.0126.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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