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BREAKING: Corbett Finally Signs Budget

Parkland Looks At Possible Tax Hike for 2012-13

A preliminary budget update with a proposed 4.95 percent tax increase will be introduced later this month.

The Parkland School District's remains in flux, but administrators must present a preliminary ledger to the full school board later this month.

So, at Monday morning's district Personnel and Finance Committee meeting, Director of Business Administration John Vignone painted a picture of austerity as the process begins.

A preliminary budget with a 4.95 percent tax increase will be proposed later this month, according to . "However, that will have to come down by June and it will.

By state mandate, the school district can raise taxes by 1.7 percent and go up to 3.83 percent with exceptions granted by the state.

"Everything in our control is being looked at," Vignone said. However, without Gov. Tom Corbett's state budget in place, Parkland's final 2012-13 will likely remain fluid until June.

More will be known about the budget as the school year wears on as the board gets information on monies garnered by bond refinancings, teacher retirements and other options of savings, Vignone said.

The for the 2011-2012 school year, eliminated 60 positions, about half through attrition, and cut its behind-the-wheel driver education program to balance the budget. Parkland administrators also took a pay freeze. 

Also, teachers are in the last year of a five-year contract. negotiations are under way. With the contract nearing its end, officials expect several teachers to retire by the end of the school year.

Parkland's Budget Schedule:

* Jan. 24, adoption of preliminary budget

* Jan. 30, deadline to submit any proposed tax increase to the state Department of Education.

* May 15, adoption of proposed final budget for 2012-2013;

* June 19, adoption of final budget for 2012-2013.

Chuck January 10, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Is there a way to see a copy of the details of the preliminary budget posted on here?
Amy January 10, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I would also like to know if we are able to see this budget... I am sure that the people in our community could find a few ways to cut spending without the tax hike.

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