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Parkland Could Cut Staff, Raise Taxes To Help Balance Budget

Parkland School District could face a tax increase, staff reductions to help balance a $145.7 million preliminary 2013-2014 budget.

The Parkland School Board approved a $145.7 million preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its Tuesday meeting.

Although the preliminary budget includes a 5.82 percent tax increase, raising millage to 14.36, Superintendent Richard Sniscak and Business Administration Director John Vignone emphasized the increase was merely a "starting point" and would be lower when the final budget is passed in June.

"My hope is to bring forth a budget in May that includes a lower increase than the 4.35 percent that is allowed under Act 1," Sniscak said, "but given the uncertainties that exist in state and federal funding at this time, it would be irresponsible to recommend a lower increase until more information becomes available."

Sniscak said more staff cuts are planned for the coming year, "causing class sizes to increase and course/program offerings and organizational oversight to be diminished."

He said the district will seek a wage freeze for support staff this year.

Sniscak said the district faced a $9.59 million deficit last fall, although less than the $16 million deficit of the previous year, nonetheless it "is still quite a challenge and not a desirable situation."

Expenses are expected to increase 5.76 percent over the 2012-2013 budget, largely due to increases in salaries and benefits.

On the revenue side, Vignone said he was "cautiously optimistic" that earned income tax would generate about $200,000 and that real estate transfers are doing well. "People still want to move in" to the school district, he said.

A $3.5 million fund balance is projected.

 

 

 

mark wood February 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
legal thiefs are still thiefs, they use the corrupt system to justify stealing, this kind of stealing can never be brought to justice, I hope you are happy with yourselfs, electing people who have only one thing on their mind, others money, because they can't balance a bidget without taking from the taxpayer, a.k.a. the new check book, that never runs out. Respect this group? are you out of your mind, no prayers for you jerks, you don't pray for losers. I can balance your books, but your not interested in that, you just want it all, no matter what, you demand the sheeple pay. So pay sheeple, pay.....I will support private schools , cyber schools and any other schooling that defeats the NEA system of deception, SEIU and the rest? Hay look, it is a knucklehead running for school board, can't add, can't subtract, thinks they know how, but they never will, quick, elect them, they will make my wallet fatter. Is any outside source have the time to look into the book keeping of PSD? Why would they, they help the system embelish them too.... what we need here is an outside audit. what a dreamer I am... Hats of to the state for ignoring this districts double books.
careless fills February 24, 2013 at 03:43 PM
something isn't quite right here
mark wood February 24, 2013 at 04:00 PM
damn right somethings wrong, NEVER AUDIT PSD< ITS ALL OK!!!!!!!!snakes, who worships at the church of satan, and his money tower
mark wood February 24, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I am a Certified Environmentalist, state certified,(ret) you who live in cetain areas are living in brown field areas, formaly known as super fund clean up sites, thats the only pleasure I get out of you tax,tax, tax liberals. live in your brown field, when your eyes glow and your new borns have webed feet, just raise taxes, all is well. and blame somebody. but raise taxes, thats your answer. sorry for facts, hope you enjoy your arsenic, lead, ddt, infested area neighborhood. and be sure to raise taxes..you refuse to listen, so enjoy your brown field. The casinos are on brown fields, it was a super fund clean up site., now called brown field, change the name and alls well, silly sheeple, stupid comes out of you education system. i.e. NEA, SEIU and all the other facists who run the system. If your interested in buying homes, the agents who sell won't tell you about this, they don't have to, i.e. ballietsville, the pond. its a superfund, lol, and you live next to it...lolololol. I advise lots of buyers to avoid certain areas, like Parkland, North Whitehall, and other places where I know superfund is located. Does you realestate agent do so? Doubt it. Avoid PSD, it is loaded with tax and spend liberal slackers, and some local sites that you should avoid.
Wallst March 17, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Hey Mark...get a CLUE. It's tax and spend conservatives here, not liberals.

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