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Bethel Park board clears way for approval of $73.8M budget

| Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

The Bethel Park school board gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to a $73.8 million preliminary budget for the 2011-2012 school year, setting the stage for adjustments to be made before its final approval in spring, officials said.

The preliminary budget was passed to fulfill state requirements that districts either submit an early draft of their finances or agree to a cap on any property tax increases. For Bethel Park, the maximum increase under the cap would have been .42 mills, but the proposed budget would include a .98-mill increase.

District spokeswoman Vicki Flotta said the board would be looking at ways to trim the budget before its final passage later this year. Copies of the preliminary budget will be posted Monday at the district's headquarters, 301 Church Road, Bethel Park.

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