ShareThis Page
South Hills

Baldwin-Whitehall taxes going up in '18-19 budget

| Saturday, June 16, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board passed its 2018-19 budget of $67.68 million and eliminated the district athletic director position, a move its superintendent said was business related.

“It's not personal,” said Superintendent Randal Lutz during the June 13 meeting. “My task is to present a balanced budget.”

Next year's budget means taxes will be raised by .68 mills, bringing the district's tax rate to 21.05 mills. On a house valued at $100,000, this means property taxes will go up by $68 a year. Board member Louise Wolf cast the lone no vote on next year's budget.

Lutz said five teachers took advantage of the district's early-retirement incentive, a move that will save $300,000 a year. In addition, the district is looking at reducing both the number of bus stops, as well as bus times.

Also, the number of special needs students in the district now numbers more than 500, up from 384 last year,

“We are pushing the limits where possible,” he said.

Complicating matters for school officials, however, is the fact that the district — which still has a $1 million budget deficit going into next year — is expected to grow by 1,000 students during the next 10 years and four of the district's five buildings are in need of renovation.

Preliminary estimates show that it could cost the district as much as $40 million to update and renovate the buildings.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com, 412-627-9423, or via Twitter at @41Suzanne.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me