Ligonier Valley budget keeps taxes in check
Ligonier Valley residents should see no increase in school district real estate taxes for 2013-14.
The preliminary budget approved by school directors on Monday holds taxes at 75 mills.
That means the average district taxpayer — those with properties with an assessed value of about $16,700 — will owe about $1,250 annually in school taxes.
One mill brings in about $166,000 to the district.
The budget totals $26.5 million and includes a $484,000 increase in expenses from the 2012-13 budget, according to business manager Don Irwin.
No furloughs are planned, but the district will not replace two positions resulting from resignations.
Although the budget doesn't dip in to the district's $2.5 million in savings, nothing will be added to that reserve account, Irwin said.
“There's no planned savings, no. But this budget includes substantial investments into the district's infrastructure — with the down payment on the new roof at Laurel Valley Elementary School — and substantial investments into the education programs — such as the $150,000 allocated into the high school's new iPad initiative,” Irwin said.
The tentative budget — approved by school directors unanimously — will be available for public inspection at the district's administration building for 30 days. The school board will likely pass the final budget at its May 13 meeting.
Irwin said some numbers in the budget could change in the next 30 days, as the state budget continues to adapt.
Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or email@example.com.
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