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Greater Latrobe board hikes property tax

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Greater Latrobe property taxpayers will see an average $26 increase in next year's bills as the school district passed its final 2013-2014 budget.

This ups the total millage from 76 to 77 to accommodate the $49.6 million budget.

One mill generates nearly $336,000 for the district.

The budget includes $1 million to account for an increase in the district's contribution to state-mandated Public School Employees' Retirement System, or PSERS, retirement fund. Some of the retirement fund expenses were offset through early-retirement incentives and other cuts.

Business manager Dan Watson said while the state budget is underway, there is still no word on any changes in funding to school districts.

He said he doesn't anticipate any additional funding.

Board president Susan Mains said she was happy with the final budget this year, but anticipates the board will have to account for even more increases from state mandates in the future.

“We continue to call (legislators) and express our concern about that,” she said. “They get more drastic every year.”

No additional changes were made from the preliminary budget and the measure passed unanimously at Tuesday's meeting.

In other business, the board accepted resignations from five employees including senior high music teacher Benjamin Murray, classroom assistant Marissa Glick, custodian Laura Horner and teacher for the visually impaired Julie Matz.

Jonathan Mains, who accepted a position as the junior high assistant principal at the board's June 18 meeting, resigned as girls' and boys' head tennis coach because of his new post.

The board hired four employees: environmental science teacher Macy Logan, Spanish teacher Laura Smith, and school nurses Angie Blossey and Tami Zezza. Superintendent Judith Swigart noted that these positions were not newly created, only filling vacancies left by previous resignations.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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