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Yough board OKs 2 percent rise in taxes

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:38 p.m.

Yough School Board members this week approved a proposed 2013-14 budget with a 2 percent tax increase.

The budget has approximately $1 million more in expenses than this year, coming in at $29.8 million for 2013-14. The revenues for the district are projected to be $28.7 million, compared to the $28 million in 2012-13.

There was a more than $1 million deficit in the budget that will mostly be covered by $1 million from the district's fund balance and the tax increase.

A 1.7-mill increase will bring the district's millage to 75.3 mills.

Board member Gregg Nogy was the only person to vote against the budget.

“I'm not opposed to the increase,” he said after the meeting. “You have to keep up with cost of living.”

But Nogy did not agree with some of the ways the district is spending money in the budget, such as full-day kindergarten, which was implemented last year. The change cost the district about $40,000.

“It cost the district a significant amount,” Nogy said. “And those same students in full-day kindergarten weren't doing better than students in half-day (kindergarten).”

The increases in the budget mainly came from retirement and health care benefits, said business manager Mike Wrobleski. Benefits increased about 3 percent and cost the district $4.1 million.

“A 3 percent increase is pretty substantial,” Wrobleski said.

The district has not had a tax increase since the 2009-10 school year and had a 2-mill tax decrease in 2011-12.

Next year's millage increase will bring in about $261,000 in revenue.

Kate Wilcox is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or kwilcox@tribweb.com.

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