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Norwin district residents to pay a little more

| Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Property taxes will increase about 1 percent next school year for Westmoreland County taxpayers in the Norwin School District.

School directors on Wednesday unanimously approved a $61.2 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.

Millage in Westmoreland County is set at 69.1 mills, an increase of 0.65-mills or 0.95 percent. That increase amounts to about $14 on a home with an average assessed value of $21,355.

A few Norwin taxpayers live in Allegheny County, and their taxes will decrease 3.7 mills to 9.6 mills total after tax equalization across county lines. Those homes increased in assessed value after a countywide tax reassessment.

When school directors first approved a preliminary budget, $554,000 was pulled from the district's fund balance, business manager John Wilson said. After months of paring the budget, the final budget draws $100,000 from the fund balance, he said.

Several vacant staff positions will remain unfilled, Wilson said. They include a position each in English, family and consumer science, and health and physical education.

The budget does not include any furloughs, Wilson said.

A 60-month copier lease will save money by eliminating 59 printers in favor of copiers. The lease through ComDoc Inc. will cost $15,699 each month.

Other revenue additions include $40,000 after approving new facilities rental fees and $30,000 in investment options.

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